Acquisitions & Development of Library/Information Resources

ILS   519-70

Out-of-print Books

Application of Concepts

Prof. Arlene Bielefield

Course Description

Principles of development of library collections and information resources. Information needs and collection evaluation. Business of library acquisitions and vendors, gift and exchange, cooperative resource sharing. Impact of document delivery and electronic publishing technologies. [Formerly LSC 555]
  1. Acquire professional competencies for a collection, development/acquisitions librarian;
  2. Use community analysis, mission statements, and other methods for the assessment of information needs of users for the development of library collections;
  3. Plan and write collection development policies for different type of libraries;
  4. Use printed and electronic review media, bibliographic catalogs, indexing and abstracting services in selecting information resources for acquisitions;
  5. Manage the collection development and /or acquisition department(s), including preparation of records, files, tools, for both internal and external uses;
  6. Participate in resources sharing activities on a local, regional, and national level and adjust the library collection development policies and operations accordingly;
  7. Do business with vendors of various type, in terms of services, materials, and availability of information technology for acquisitions process and analysis reports;
  8. Plan library budget and allocate monies for library resources and collection development;
  9. Use major bibliographic and acquisitions databases in printed, online, and CD-ROM forms;
  10. Apply various research methods for collection assessment and evaluation;
  11. Keep up-to-date on issues of library collection development, such as preservation, copyright, and censorship, electronic publishing and document delivery services, etc.


G. Edward Evans, Developing Library and Information Center Collections, 4th ed. (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2000). 

Pamela R. Dennis