ERIC Number: ED321785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Collection Development/Acquisitions: Collaboration or Conflict?
At the Daytona Beach Community College (DBCC) Library, collection development, selection, and acquisitions function as levels of a hierarchy. The highest level is collection development, which constitutes the planning function. Meetings are held annually to assess user needs, evaluate the present collection, discuss budget considerations, plan for research sharing, set collective and individual goals, and revise the written collection development policy if necessary. The second level is selection, which involves decisions about inclusion and exclusion of specific items in the collection. DBCC faculty, staff, and students are involved in the selection process, but librarians have primary responsibility. Close contact with students and faculty through reference services and participation in campus committees allows the librarians to be aware of collection deficiencies and to anticipate future needs. The third level is acquisitions, which involves implementing selection decisions and collection development plans. At DBCC, all selection requests are forwarded to the head of Technical Services who coordinates bibliographic verification, duplicate checking, preparation of orders, receipt of materials, and payment processes. The disadvantages of this system are that there are no formal faculty representatives in the collection development meetings, and that collection development is time consuming. The advantages are better knowledge of the collection among librarians, greater librarian involvement in administrative decisions, no delay in selection, and no danger of areas left uncovered. This model works at DBCC because the campuses are linked by computer, and librarians have a great deal of experience and complementary interests. It may not be appropriate for all community college libraries. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Florida Library Association (67th, Daytona Beach, FL, May 7-11, 1990).