Why Did We Buy That? New Directions in Collection Development
college and university libraries, collection development, library selection, budgets, language-learning software
Library and Information Science
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?
Downey, Kay (2013). Why Did We Buy That? New Directions in Collection Development. Collection Management 38(2), 90-103. doi: 10.1080/01462679.2013.763741 Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.kent.edu/libpubs/80
Taylor & Francis