ERIC Number: ED043344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Operating an Effective Acquisition Department.
Tuttle, Helen W.
There is no "perfect" organizational pattern for an acquisition department nor for its place in the library's technical services. Whatever the areas of responsibilities assigned to the acquisition department, its organization should provide for these basic conditions and relationships: (1) distinct subunits with well-defined assignments of responsibility, (2) each staff member responsbile to only one supervisor, (3) allowance for flexibility in the use of staff, and (4) regular meetings of the subunit heads to iron out the questions which will arise regularly, with minutes circulated among all staff. Aspects of acquisitions are discussed under the following sub-titles: (1) departmental guides (a manual of procedures and a department policy statement), (2) files and records, (3) meshing of selection and processing, (4) relationship to sources of publications, (5) scientific management, (6) statistical model, and (7) personnel. To run an acquisition department at maximum effectiveness the acquisition librarian should keep up with developments of all sorts as they relate to the acquisition processes and possibilities. Suggestions of ways for doing this are presented. (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