ERIC Number: ED043341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Book Selection and the Subject Specialist in the University Library.
Harrer, Gustave A.
In acquiring materials to build library collections, two functions have to be performed: selection and acquisition. Because the selection of books for inclusion in a library collection requires an intimate understanding of the purpose of the library, a detailed knowledge of the subject area in question, time to read and make judgements about the value of any particular volume, and finally, the authority to develop the collections, librarians in university libraries are in trouble today. A brief look at the evolution of this problem of who should select and acquire books for the library collection is presented with numerous quotes from authorities in the field starting with Richard DeBury in the 13th century. It must be decided whether the range of duties required of a subject specialist/selector can effectively be done separately by various people or whether this job requires extremely competent people with broad, non-library preparation. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Libraries and Educational Technology (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Diego. Univ. Library.
Note: Paper prepared for the Institute on Acquisitions Procedures in Academic Libraries..., Aug 25-Sep 5, 1969