Collection Development is a responsibility shared by many librarians and staff. This involves selecting materials, authorizing purchases, curating an existing collection, and being a liaison with campus departments. The following pages will provide information on how to order materials, how our fund structure works, and how to analyze purchases.
The listserv for all the selectors is MUL-SELECTORS@PO.MISSOURI.EDU.
The Staff in Technical Services that help with collection development in some way is vast. Here is the list of some main points of contact:
Erin Blower, Serials
Michaelle Dorsey, Physical Processing
Corrie Hutchinson, Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development
Libby Myre, Serials
Carol Turner, Receiving
Sean Witzman, Ordering
approval plan: a plan set-up with a vendor by which we automatically receive materials, print and electronic, that match a previously determined profile.
continuing orders: purchases such as serials or databases which are ongoing or recurring expenses from one fiscal year to another
DDA: demand driven acquisitions; a purchasing method by which a patron selects the books to be purchased using a record in MERLIN
GOBI: online website used to place book orders through YBP
firm order: an order which needs only be purchased once; i.e. a book or DVD with no ongoing costs
selector: the person responsible for deciding how a fund is spent along with the curation of the collection in that discipline
subscription agent: A vendor we contract with to manage some of our thousands of serial subscriptions. We currently have two: EBSCO and Harrasowitz.
YBP: Yankee Book Peddler; our main book vendor and also the vendor managing the approval and DDA programs