"The library should provide varied, authoritative and up-to-date resources that support
its mission and the needs of its users."
from Standards for Libraries in Higher Education
Collection Development is the process whereby decisions are made concerning selection
and evaluation of materials in collections of the University of Memphis Libraries,
and it encompasses library resources in all available formats. The process is carried
out by the cooperation of Library Liaisons (members of the faculty or staff of the
University Libraries) and Departmental Library Representatives (faculty or staff from
the teaching departments).
The Collection Development Department provides leadership for this process. It assigns
and reviews Library Liaison responsibilities. It provides or arranges for training
in collection development and the various resources within the collection. The Department
works with the Dean of University Libraries to determine the annual distribution of
collection development funds.
Working with the Acquisitions Librarian, the Collection Development Department sets
the annual schedules for ordering deadlines, monitors spending and ensures funds are
properly spent or encumbered by the established deadlines. Adjustments are made to
departmental allocations as needed to ensure that funds are spent and needs are met.
The Collection Development Department leads in the planning and implementing of collection
assessment. It works with Library Liaisons to assess specific sections of the collection
and to also maintain an overall assessment. It also develops and maintains a mechanism
whereby the Collection Development Program can be evaluated on a regular basis.
Please send questions/comments/suggestions to
Steve Knowlton, Interim Head of Collection Management