Introduction to Collection Development
Library Services is committed to serving the information needs of Delta State University through services and resources. This guide outlines the collection development procedures and responsibilities of library and departmental liaisons.
A library liaison is a professional librarian that works with departments to select materials for the collection; serves as a point of contact for questions regarding orders, collection development, account balances, and general library inquires; and shares information about library services.
A departmental liaison is a faculty member that submits orders on behalf of an academic unit, department, or division; and serves as the main point of contact to communicate the information and service needs of the department.
A. Working with Departments
1. Maintain regular contact with the departmental liaison each semester and foster a good working relationship with the department.
2. Keep faculty up-to-date with changes in library services such as new policies, procedures, resources, services, events, and programs.
3. Communicate library policies and procedures upon request.
4. Stress the importance of faculty input. It is only with their help that the library can provide the best and most appropriate services.
5. Remind departmental faculty that instruction sessions by a reference librarian can be catered to the specific needs of the instructor and students.
6. Teach faculty how to search the Library Catalog and other databases as requested.
B. Selecting Materials for the Collection
1. Forward CHOICE cards and other relevant selection materials (i.e. catalogs, book reviews, journal articles, etc.) to the departmental liaison.
2. Use a variety of selection tools: CHOICE cards, Best Books for Academic Libraries, Books in Print, bibliographies, and Best Of lists such as Library Journals Best Consumer Health Books of 2004.
3. In addition to the CHOICE cards, recommend titles from Books in Print or WorldCat. These databases can sometimes be the best resources for departments in need of assistance.
4. Review gift items. Although Roberts-LaForge Library accepts many gift items, not everything will be appropriate for the collection. Librarians will determine the suitability of materials in conjunction with departments and relevant faculty. Refer to the Gift Policy for more information.
C. Evaluating the Collection
1. Evaluate portions of the general collection that relate to subject areas of your department. This evaluation would involve weeding irrelevant material or spotting gaps in the collection. Knowing what courses are taught and what each faculty member requires is an essential component of spotting gaps and weeding.
2. Consult affected departments before withdrawing any title from the collection.
3. Materials that have been marked lost or missing will be reviewed by Library Administration in April of the spring semester. Items will be reordered when funds are available.
D. Preparing Orders
1. Check the catalog to ensure a submitted title is not already in the collection.
2. If any critical piece of information (title, author, ISBN, or price) is missing from the order card, please find it using the Blackwell database, Books in Print or an online service like Amazon.
3. Check the availability of titles by searching the Blackwell database. If the status is not favorable in Blackwell, the item should probably be ordered directly from the publisher or another vendor. Mark these items as Direct Order and separate them from the rest of the order cards.
4. If the title is already owned by the library, return the card to the departmental liaison.
5. If a department exceeds its budgeted amount, request that they prioritize the orders based on the needs of all faculty.
6. Keep a record (in Excel preferably) of all titles ordered. Several departments usually ask for this sort of information for accreditation reasons.
7. Make sure that all deadlines are met.
8. If a balance remains, please work with the department to obtain more orders.
9. Separate orders that cannot be ordered through PrompCat. Titles that cannot be ordered through PromptCat are as follows:
- Multi-volume works
- Additional copies of a title
- Media or resources that come with media
- Any item that will not reside in the General or Reference Collection
- Any title that may already have a record in the catalog (such as Brills New Pauly: Encyclopedia of the Ancient World )
10. Distinguish General and Reference orders by clearly marking reference titles as Reference. If a card has no such markings, it will be considered a general collection title.
11. For those orders that cannot be placed through PromptCat, it may be necessary to include the publishers contact information. If that information is readily available, please include it on the order card. If a special order form is required (e.g. software or videos), please make all attempts to include that form along with the order.
12. If catalogs, brochures, or other printed information is provided by the departmental liaison, please include it along with the order card.
13. Make sure the order cards are arranged in alphabetical order by title.
14. Calculate the total amount of the order. On the calculators tape, write your name, the name of the department, and the date.
A. Working with Library Liaisons
1. Keep the library liaison up-to-date with:
- Needs of the department, faculty, and students
- New academic programs, courses, or requirements
- Class assignments that require special resources or services
- Changes in the department that are relevant to the library
2. Supply guidelines about accreditation standards and notify the library liaison of upcoming accreditation reviews and site visits.
B. Selecting Materials for the Collection
1. Make selections based on the guidelines set forth by your accrediting agencies (e.g. SACS, NCATE, etc.).
2. Consider ordering materials based upon student library needs and the nature of class assignments made by your departmental colleagues.
3. Avoid placing duplicate orders by checking our holdings in the online catalog. Your library liaison can show you search strategies upon request.
4. Consider the research and teaching interests of your colleagues.
C. Evaluating the Collection
1. Stay abreast of accreditation requirements to ensure the librarys collection is up to standard.
2. Make the library liaison aware of any weaknesses or gaps in the collection.
3. Review materials marked for withdrawal and assist with weeding the collection.
D. Preparing Orders
1. Clearly print the information on the order cards. Refer to Appendix C for assistance. If submitting CHOICE cards, complete the bottom portion.
2. Make sure that all of the cards are signed by the departments chair.
3. If your order total exceeds your departments allocation, please prioritize the cards based on departmental needs.
A. Types of Materials
1. Departmental allocations are to be used for the purchase of books and audiovisual materials that will be added to the holdings of Roberts-LaForge Library. Most books are housed in the Roberts-LaForge Library, while various types of media are housed in the Instructional Resources Center.
2. No textbooks may be ordered, and duplicate copies of existing holdings will be ordered only in exceptional circumstances with permission granted from the Director of Library Services.
3. Hardbound books will be ordered whenever possible instead of paperbacks to increase the shelf life of the book.
4. DSU Library Services does not accept any materials of any kind on approval. Library Services will not pay for any materials associated with an approval plan.
B. Submitting Orders
1. Department liaisons should submit orders using cards provided by the library liaison.
2. If a CHOICE card is available, submitting an additional order card is unnecessary. Simply submit the CHOICE card.
3. If necessary, additional information such as contact information or specialized order numbers may be required. If a catalog or flyer is available, please include it or a copy of it with the order.
1. Departmental liaisons should submit a minimum of 50% of their allocation by November 1st and the remainder by March 1st to their library liaison. Funds not utilized by the ordering deadlines will either be reallocated or used by the library liaison for subject purchases.
2. New faculty orders must be turned in to the appropriate library liaison by November 1.
3. Library liaisons should have all orders turned in to Technical Services by November 15th and March 15th.
4. All orders submitted to Technical Services before the deadlines will be ordered within 30 business days if funds are available.
A. New Materials Ordered by Departments
1. Staff from the Technical Services Department will return the order cards to the Library Liaison once materials have been processed, cataloged, and are ready to circulate, or be placed on the shelves (in the case of non-circulating materials). The call numbers for the items will be written on the backside of each order card.
2. The library liaison will review the cards and forward them to the departmental liaison within three (3) business days of receiving the cards from Technical Services.
3. The library liaison will contact the departmental liaison to arrange for the delivery of the cards and will answer any questions about the items received.
4. It is the responsibility of the departmental liaison to inform their faculty about new materials. This can be accomplished by routing the order cards to each faculty member or by supplying a designated area such as a file drawer or box that is readily accessible to everyone in the department.
5. Order cards from new faculty members will be returned to the library liaison. In turn, the library liaison will give the order cards directly to the new faculty member instead of the departmental liaison.
B. New Books
1. To find new books across all subject areas for the entire collection, click on New Books in the Librarys Catalog. This link is located in the top right corner under Library Info.
2. To search by year of publication, use the Power Search feature in the Librarys catalog.
C. Status of Orders
1. After items have been ordered, the status can be determined by searching the Librarys Catalog. Search by title, author, or ISBN. The results may show a status of ON-ORDER, IN-PROCESS, or IN-CATALOGING.
2. Notify the library liaison if you need an item that is not available for check out. The liaison will assist you with getting the item as soon as possible.
3. Contact the appropriate library liaison to inquire about the status of an item if it cannot be determined by searching the catalog.
|Department||Library Liaison||Departmental Liaison|
|Biological Sciences||Michael Mounce
|Commercial Aviation||Kristina Claunch
Gibson Gunn 124
|Counselor Education and Psychology||Ann Ashmore
|Delta Music Institute||Rick Torgerson
|Family and Consumer Science||Ann Ashmore
|Field Experience||Nacole Adams
|Geospatial Information Systems||Jerome Billingsley
DSU Box 3325 KE Suite E
|Languages and Literature||David Salinero
|Management/Marketing/Business Administration||Jerome Billingsley
|Physics and Chemistry||Michael Mounce
|Social Sciences||Michael Mounce
|Social Work||Kristina Claunch
|Speech and Hearing Sciences||Kristina Claunch
|Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research||Nacole Adams
The deadlines for submitting new orders are as follows:
- Fall – November 3rd
- Spring – March 2nd
- Fall – November 17th
- Spring – March 16th
New faculty – November 3rd