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Bibliographer's Manual

Table of Contents | I. Introduction | II. Bibliographer | III. Functions | IV. Mission | V. Program | VI. Appendix


IV. Collection Development Mission, Goals, and Policy


This section of the Bibliographer's Manual will consist of The Libraries' Collection Development Policy upon its completion. Until completion of said Policy, the following general information may prove helpful.

The definition of collection development is the process of planning, building, and maintaining a library's information resources in a cost-efficient and user relevant manner.


Collection development in the University Libraries supports the Libraries' mission and the University mission. Our primary mission is to "provide materials, information and other services to support instruction, research, and scholarship [at the Boulder campus.]" A secondary goal is to serve as a resource for Colorado residents' information needs.


The activities of collection development include identifying, selecting, acquiring, deselecting, and preserving appropriate materials. It also includes collection management through analysis and evaluation of books, journals, microforms, audio-visual materials and electronic materials and access.

Collection Development Librarian

At the University Libraries, the Collection Development Librarian reports to the Associate Director for Public Services. This position is responsible for coordinating budget information, allocating budget resources, and generally managing the Libraries materials budget. The position coordinates the efforts of bibliographers and liaisons who do the primary selection of resources.

Gifts Librarian

The Gifts Librarian reports to the Associate Director for Public Services.  This position is responsible for all aspects of gifts-in-kind and monetary gifts received by the Libraries.  This can include making sure the donor’s wishes are honored and properly channeling monetary gifts through the Foundation and University.


See: Appendix for Collection Development policy and gifts policy.