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General Information

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.


Technical Services Contacts

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:

Joel Kramer, Physical Processing

Jennifer Walker, Head of Acquisitions

Libby Myre, Serials

Erin Powell Serials

Jennifer Walker, Acquisitions Librarian


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 the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG

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

Usage Statistics

Usage statistics for e-resources (ejournals, ebooks, and databases) are available through another LibGuide: Usage Review.