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Collection Development

Collection Development is defined as the planned purchase of materials in various formats to match the instructional and research needs of the campus within the current fiscal environment and resource sharing opportunities. The heart of a library is its collections: The building houses them; the library personnel acquire and manage them and teach users how best to access and use them. (Adapted from University of Colorado Libraries)

Library collection development is the process of meeting the information needs of the people (a service population) in a timely and economical manner using information resources locally held, as well as from other organizations.

Collections are developed by librarians by buying or otherwise acquiring materials over a period, based on assessment of the information needs of the library's users. In addition to ongoing materials acquisition, library collection development includes:

  • the creation of policies to guide material selection
  • replacement of worn or lost materials
  • removal (aka de-selection/weeding) of materials no longer needed in the collection
  • planning for new collections or collection areas
  • cooperative decision-making with other librarians or within library consortia

(Adapted from sensagent)

Our complete guide relating to Collection Development, including specific information on various collection development policies by Department, information on ordering books, collection assessment, and more can be found here.

Librarians and teaching faculty work together to identify and order titles, as faculty recommendations and requests play an essential role in the collection development process.  Teaching faculty know when they want to take a class in a new direction, when they are going to focus on a new seminal title, or start teaching the works of a new author, etc.  It is for this reason that faculty input, recommendations, and requests are so valuable in the collection development process.  To this end, we have developed an online form, with which faculty can request a specific title, or recommend the purchase of a collected number of works by a specific author. 

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