Collection Development Liaisons: Basic Competencies and Activities
- Prioritize collection development among other work activities and schedule sufficient time for collection development responsibilities.
- Identify subject competency gaps and planning ways of learning about the subject.
- Participate effectively in the Collection Development Committee’s discussions, planning and decision making.
- Know the call numbers for the areas of your subject collecting responsibility.
- Know the existing strengths and weaknesses of your areas.
- Know the desired strength of your areas.
- Have a basic understanding of the overall collection strengths and weaknesses.
- Review and update periodically the scope notes for your areas as faculty and curriculum change.
3. Selection and Review Process
- Understand the criteria and procedures for adding an item to a collection.
- Use appropriate tools and methods to identify available materials.
- Understand cooperative initiatives such as SEIR/EAR, LINK+, etc.
- Understand the policy and procedure for accepting and reviewing gifts.
4. Budget & Fund Managing Process
- Understand the basis of collection development budget allocations
- Understand what information is needed to assist in establishing budget allocations.
- Manage your funds effectively throughout the fiscal year.
- Know what possible endowment funds are available for your subject areas and what kinds of materials can be acquired with them.
5. Collection Development & Other Library Departments
- Know the priorities, policies, procedures and timelines under which technical services staff members operate in order to support collection development and management.
6. Marketing, Outreach, and Communication with Constituencies
- Understand and use the various means of communicating with the user community.
- Develop a library liaison relationship with faculty and students in your areas.
- Foster familiarity with curriculum changes and the research interests of students and faculty in your areas.
- Keep apprised of faculty publications in your areas.
- Be familiar with the overall user community profile.
7. Selector's Knowledge Base
- Develop the subject knowledge needed to accomplish tasks in collection management and development.
- Understand the structure and publishing patterns in your subject areas.
- Keep up-to-date on new resources in your areas, in all formats, including online research tools.
- Know how to use the resources in your subject areas, including indexes, databases, and Internet resources, and be able to teach them to the user community.
- Be familiar with selection tools in various and evolving formats as well as key publishers in your subject areas.
8. Electronic Resources
- Keep informed of new electronic resources, especially those in your areas.
- Know how to assess the quality of the resource, its search engine, and other relevant features.
- Understand the process for selecting, acquiring, and providing access and user support to electronic resources.
- Know how to identify key Internet resources in your subject areas.
9. Collection Evaluation, Deselection, Weeding and Replacement
- Understand standards and methods of measuring and assessing collections.
- Understand and participate in the process for deselection, weeding and replacement of missing/damaged items.
- Know what items or types of material are the best candidates for transfer or discard.
- Understand the current space configurations in the SSU Library including the Automated Retrieval System.
- Participate in ongoing review of subject areas through regular evaluation and weeding
- Understand the role collection evaluations play in the preservation of our collections.
- Understand your role in making preservation decisions regarding the disposition of material due to deteriorating physical conditions, its retention, replacement, or changed format.
- Understand the various preservation priorities for the library and how to incorporate preservation into the selection process.
Approved by Library Faculty 11/2007.
Adapted from: Collection Development: A Basic Outline (n.d.). Boston College Libraries’ Staff Web. Retrieved 10/16/2007 from http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/ulib/staff/cdbasic.html