Collection Management Objectives

The primary objectives of the department are to

  1. procure library materials which support the academic needs of the University from vendors capable of supplying in the shortest time possible materials which are of high quality and are competitively priced; and
  2. apply high standards of selection for all non-serial material donated to the UofM libraries.

Library materials are defined for this department as books and non-book media which shall include but not necessarily be limited to maps, motion pictures or other materials for projection, audio and video recordings, computer software, and microformat media.

During the library’s fiscal year from July 1 to June 30, the department’s goal is to place orders against all budgeted funds and receive and pay for as much of the material as possible.  Firm orders and standing orders are placed, as appropriate to the material, to accomplish this goal.

An important objective of the department is to establish the bibliographic integrity of materials acquired.  The expertise of the departmental personnel in this function is frequently exercised in special projects to benefit other library or university departments.

Another objective is to foster amicable relations between the Acquisitions Department, departmental library representatives, and all other faculty members and students by providing good service to the university community.

Please send questions/comments/suggestions to
Karen Brunsting, Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarian