Collection Development Policy: Collection Management

Collection Management encompasses the decisions made about materials already added to the collection.  The criteria applied when initially selecting an item are revisited and additional factors, primarily condition and use, are considered.

RMU Library seeks to make the most effective use of its existing holdings and to build on them for the future, while adapting to changes in funding, space, and users’ expectations and needs. Its collections need continuous evaluation to ensure that the Library is fulfilling its mission to provide material in a timely manner that meets the interests and needs of the RMU community.

Collection Development & Collection Management Responsibility 

The Library Director is ultimately responsible for the Library’s collections. The Head of Acquisitions coordinates collection development processes including the selection, weeding, and expenditure of the materials budget for this collection. The Electronic Resources Librarian coordinates management of databases and other subscription-based resources. While the Library has ultimate responsibility for collection development, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to recommend purchases.