Annual Conference Session
Please join us for a panel of three speakers discussing changing models of collection development in academic libraries:
Presentation: And Then There was One: Collection Development Consolidation at UCSF
Speaker: Sarah McClung, Head of Collection Development, University of California, San Francisco
Description: In 2018, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library experienced significant changes to its collection development unit. At the beginning of that year, the unit had an associate university librarian, assistant director, and a collection development librarian. By the end of the year, a retirement and a reorganization caused the remaining collection development librarian to suddenly become the head of a department of one. As part of a graduate-level, health sciences university, the UCSF Library has a more singular focus than most academic libraries, so having only one librarian in charge of all aspects of collections is not impossible. This challenge, however, was compounded by a similar, longer term consolidation taking place within the technical services unit that caused major skill gaps to emerge. These changes caused the Library to stop some services, readjust expectations internally and externally, and seek efficiencies with collections and acquisitions where ever possible.
The goal of this presentation is to report on how one librarian took the helm of a consolidated collection development department and used it as an opportunity to redefine the Library’s collections priorities. Attendees will learn what steps were taken to manage increased workload, improve communications, and advocate for departmental support.
Presentation: Collection Development to Collection Strategy: Changing the model for Selection, Acquisition and Discovery
Speaker: Michael A. Arthur, Head, Resource Acquisition & Discovery, The University of Alabama
Description: The University of Alabama Libraries has completed a comprehensive review and reorganization of technical services and collection development. The past three years have seen dynamic changes in technical services including restructuring of management and functional areas, centralization of workflow, and alignment of priorities to the university and library strategic plan. Collection development was centralized in technical services. A comprehensive review of the approval plan is driving a robust and successful DDA program. A new liaison model now emphasizes outreach to academic units and places more responsibility for collections within the technical services framework. What has developed is a move away from traditional collection development in favor of a collection strategy that emphasizes purchase on demand and evaluation of collection expenditures based on cost-use analysis. This new model aligns to the vision for collections as the library and the university shift to meet changing expectations. A new degree of synergy has taken place as vendor tools and services are integrated to improve discovery and access to information. EBSCO Discovery Service and Full-Text Finder drive usage while Usage Consolidation assists with development of cost-per-use reports. The GOBI approval plan profile is driving a robust DDA program and together with EBSCO, selection and purchasing is more efficient and effective. Armed with data gathered from the vendor and internally, the library is able to negotiate more effectively on existing and prospective collections, and provide justification for collections expenditures. This presentation will provide some specifics about the overall strategy the library has used since 2015 to continue the migration to an online environment that addresses user needs in a more efficient and effective manner.
Presentation: Developing a Collection (Team): Adapting, Innovating, and Thriving in Organizational Change at Kennesaw State University
Speaker: Ana Guimarães, Director of Collection Development, Kennesaw State University
Description: In 2013, the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Library System hired its first Collection Development Librarian. Since then, the Library System has experienced remarkable changes and growth in many areas, including institutional consolidation, facility renovations, new staffing, and organizational restructuring. Of note is the establishment and extraordinary growth of the Collection Development Unit since 2015. With a good dose of creativity, these changes enabled us to grow into a flourishing team. By pulling together talent from other library units and creating positions from the ground up, we were able to generate something new.
Within four years of focused and dedicated effort by this highly motivated team, we developed and implemented a broad spectrum of innovative programs and services, including a robust training calendar, comprehensive collection maintenance and assessment plans, a very active undergraduate faculty liaison group, and effective outreach and marketing initiatives with other library units and with the KSU community at large.
Great success never comes easy, and disruptive change is not unfamiliar to libraries. How did we make our case to Library Administration to gain their support, especially when funding and other resources were scarce? What positions were needed the most and what are strategic ways to recruit new team members? How were we going to prioritize the daunting tasks awaiting us? To tackle these inevitable challenges, we employed many innovative strategies and accrued valuable experiences along the way. In this panel presentation, we will share our best practices in team-building, the unorthodox solutions we came up with, as well as the lessons we learned in the process. We hope that our story will inspire and help you to build an outstanding team that is able to thrive on change.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS, ALCTS_CMS
Meeting Type: Discussion Group,Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.