Collection/Database Management Department (including Acquisitions and Cataloging) establishes and administers the acquisition, organization, and bibliographic control of all library resources, to meet the informational needs of faculty, staff, and students. The main book collection consists of 114,770 volumes. The periodicals collection consists of 320 printed subscriptions, which is supplemented with over 1,000 full-text online journals from several databases (see ERC). Since 1969, the library has been a selected Federal Depository Library with a selection rate of 29.67% (see Reference Dept.). The Library features special collections that includes an African-American books; selected microfilms from the Schomburg Collection; and a juvenile books. The Department staff includes the Head of Collection Databases Management, Acquisitions Librarian, and Student Assistants.

The AcquisitionsDepartment is a part of Collection/Database Management Department (formerly Technical Services) that operates behind the scenes.

The Acquisitions Department is a purchasing operation that procures information in all formats, receives gifts, and performs bibliographic verification. It is responsible for coordinating order requests, administering the Library's book budget, handling donations, and working with faculty, staff and students to make certain the collections meet current research and instructional needs.

The Collection Development functions (handled by the Acquisitions Department) are responsible for coordinating order requests, administering the Library's book budget, handling donations, and working with faculty and students to make certain the collections meet current research and instructional needs.

Priority for print and non-print materials to be purchased for the Library is given to those materials that meet the curriculum and accreditation needs of Benedict College. Duplicate copies may be purchased in areas of high circulation.

Recommendations for the selection of items to the collection must be submitted to the Acquisitions Department.  Faculty members are particularly encouraged to support collection development. However, it is the responsibility of the professional library staff to maintain an up-to-date and relevant collection that will support the curriculum of the college.  To request that the library order a book, journal or newspaper subscription to support your course or discipline at Benedict College, click on the following heading for order form, fill out and submit:

Budget Allocation

Moneys are allocated to the Learning Resources Center budget to allow for acquisition of monographs, serials, microforms, audio-visuals, and electronic resources. Once an efficient budget is in place, a budget allocation formula will be used to develop specific budget allocations by academic departments or majors. The budget allocation formula will be based upon the number of majors, teaching faculty, and students. The formula also factors in accreditation reviews and new program and curriculum areas. Budget priorities are given to faculty orders, Collection Development orders, Library staff orders, student orders, etc.