(Incl. Collection Development)
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.
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.