University Libraries Publications

Title

Why Did We Buy That? New Directions in Collection Development

Publication Title

Collection Management

Publication Date

4-2013

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/01462679.2013.763741

Keywords

college and university libraries, collection development, library selection, budgets, language-learning software

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

This article describes the new role of academic libraries in higher education and shows how it has changed collection development objectives to serve a nontraditional constituency not served in the past. This is illustrated, in part, by Kent State University Library’s review and selection of language-learning software, motivated by the university’s strategic initiatives for globalization. It demonstrates a new trend to purchase resources that support administrative agendas and non-teaching programs, and the impact this has on how libraries frame collection development policies and allocate dollars for library content. As collection managers are redirecting support
to revenue-building objectives, are they compromising support of educational objectives?

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

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