Multiple organizational structures at present support the collection development function in libraries. Library literature provides little guidance in determining the optimal organization pattern(s) for this activity. This article reviews the influences of organizational evolution and intentional change, library posture toward collection development, personnel management, and human perspectives upon the establishment of an administrative framework for achieving collection development goals. It encourages further communication on these issues to prepare for the library of the future.
This article is the result of a survey of ninety-three academic libraries in the United States that were members of the Association of Research Libraries in 1983-84. The purpose of the survey was to discover the specific organizational patterns that currently exist for collection development. Findings reveal that, although a variety of patterns exist, the one outstanding development has been the upgrading of the unit responsible for collection development. Other characteristics of collection development units and responsibilities of collection development staff are discussed. The paper concludes that no specific organizational pattern is predominant in ARL libraries.
This article concentrates on two of the serials manager's eternal relationships: that with the subscription agent and that with the journal publisher. It focuses particularly on the obligation of the serials manager to be an equal and respected participant in the process of acquiring information for the reader. Equality is gained through formal and informal education, communication with one's colleagues and representatives of library-related businesses, and action supporting one's opinions and concerns.
This article discusses briefly the reasons for retrospective conversion and the methods for accomplishing it. The need for standards is emphasized and suggestions are given for documenting local standards. Included are ideas for completing the conversion of parts of the collection that might have been overlooked in a project undertaken by a vendor.
For librarians who face the problem of how to keep their circulating collection in serviceable condition, this article presents a workable design for establishing an in-house repair unit that will be a complementary component in the library's overall preservation program. It delineates the issues and procedures for garnering the physical and personnel resources needed and recommends a four-stage decision-making process for selecting material for treatment.
As part of the United States Newspaper Program, the Marriott Library at the University of Utah undertook the Utah Newspaper Project with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. During the planning phase, the Utah project sponsored a conference and compiled a preliminary checklist of 920 newspapers from secondary sources. During the time-consuming bibliographic control phase, staff inventoried 525 Utah newspapers and 803 out-of-state newspapers in 32 newspaper repositories for a total of 3,298 local holdings records. The public responded well to the media campaign and came, forward with many missing issues and titles. Because of a prior microfilming project in the 1950s, the Marriott Library has at least some holdings for 488 Utah newspapers and will microfilm remaining hard-copy Utah newspapers in the near future.