Collection Development and Acquisitions

Role

The Collection Development and Acquisitions Department is responsible for the assessment, evaluation, and selection of materials in all formats in support of the University's teaching and research needs. You may direct suggestions and requests for the acquisition of specific books or other materials to the Liaison Librarian for the related subject areas. For help in selecting materials, check Selection Assistance page.

The Acquisitions staff order and receives both print and nonprint materials for all collections. It is also responsible for processing and maintaining the fiscal records of library funds allocated for the purchase of materials and for providing related management reports. Please search the online catalog to determine whether an item is on order, received, or already cataloged and shelved in the collection. Direct suggestions and requests for the acquisition of specific books or other materials to the liaison librarian for the related subject area. For help in selecting materials, check Selection Assistance page.

The Serials staff check in current subscriptions to journals in print and non-print formats in a timely manner to ensure easy access to the library’s journal holdings. They also process the annual orders for the subscriptions, claims missing issues, maintains the records in the online catalog, and provides related management reports. Search the online catalog to determine if the library owns a specific journal title. Direct specific requests for the purchase of a new journal title to the liaison librarian for the related subject area.

The Library participates in state and regional cooperative development projects. Collection Development also handles donations to the library. Additional responsibilities include the coordination of the Library's annual book sale. The Book Sale is done in cooperation with the Friends of the Bradley University Library. For information on how to donate materials to the library, contact Todd Spires at tspires@bradley.edu or (309) 677-2841.

Objectives

The primary goal of the Cullom-Davis Library is to support the mission of Bradley University. Its collection should, therefore, reflect the curricular and research needs of the students, faculty, and staff. Because the library cannot completely satisfy all informational needs of all users, a consistent and conscious effort must be made to first provide the resources required by most library patrons.

The goal of collection development is to provide a collection, both within the Cullom-Davis Library itself and immediately accessible through cooperative arrangements and through electronic means, that meets the accreditation requirements of the university and of individual programs, as well as the American Library Association's standards for college and university libraries.

For more information, please click on the link below to view our Collection Development Policy.

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