14 articles Acquisitions

Responsive Acquisitions: A Case Study on Improved Workflow at a Small Academic Library

by Brian Greene Fast acquisitions processes are beneficial because they get materials into patrons’ hands quicker. This article describes one library’s experience implementing a fast acquisitions process that dramatically cut turnaround times—from the point of ordering to the shelf—to under five days, all without increasing costs. This was accomplished by focusing on three areas: small-batch…

Electronic Resource Management Workflow Flowchart from the DLF ERMI Report

by Kimberly Parker, Nathan D. M. Robertson, Ivy Anderson, Adam Chandler, Sharon E. Farb, Timothy Jewell, and Angela Riggio, Appendix B of the 2004 Electronic Resource Management report of the Digital Library Federation ERM Initiative The Electronic Resource Management Workflow Flowchart provides a detailed overview of the activities associated with managing the life cycle of…

Selection of a New E-Journal at University of Huddersfield

by Allison Larkins This two-page flowchart shows the actors and decisions involved in the e-journal selection process at one university library as it proceeds over time. It begins with a librarian’s request for a new journal, continues with various steps of evaluation, negotiation, and local communication, and ends with order follow-up or a decision not…

Acquiring New Content

by Nathan Hosburgh (editor) Acquiring resources once they are selected can be very straightforward or very complicated depending on the resource to be purchased. The following acquisitions steps usually occur when acquiring new content and services. This TERMS section provides best practices for evaluating potential e-resource subscriptions and negotiating license terms. Section 2 of TERMS:…

Accessibility Resources for Purchasing Professionals

by the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University Although this is a general rather than library-specific guide, it gives a concise overview of concepts and entities to be familiar with in making accessibility-related decisions in libraries. It covers Section 508 and its EIT Accessibility Standards, Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates, vendor relations, product testing,…

UTEP Library Collection Development Procedures: E-Book Selection Policy

by Nancy Hill, University of Texas at El Paso This is the policy statement for subject selectors at the University of Texas at El Paso to follow in terms of buying new books and e-books. It includes decisions on what formats to make available to users, including such considerations as availability, discipline, content type, local-faculty…

UTEP Library Collection Development Procedures: Selecting Electronic Resources

by Nancy Hill, University of Texas at El Paso This LibGuide offers guidelines for e-resource librarians and subject selectors on the local process for evaluating and acquiring new electronic resources at the University of Texas at El Paso. Organized into What?, Who and How?, Where and Why?, and When? sections, the page gives an overview…

Guidelines for the Introduction of Electronic Information Resources to Users

by the Management Committee of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section of the Reference and User Services Association These guidelines are intended to assist librarians who provide and publicize new electronic information resources to users and potential users. This document applies to Web-based, networked, and stand-alone resources that users may directly or indirectly access in an electronic…

Serials: Serial Claim Guidelines by Michigan State University Libraries

by Michigan State University Libraries When the Libraries have not received standing order issues after a designated time we must request that the items be sent. In general, our first attempt to remedy the situation will be to send a paper claim slip using the guidelines below. This is not a procedure for how to…

Investigating New E-Resource Content for Purchase/Addition

by Ann Kucera (editor) A basic framework should be considered with every new purchase or addition to content that is selected for inclusion into the 21st century library. Collection management and development policies do help outline the general aspects for collection purchase. In today’s libraries, many of the standard rules applied to print acquisition are…