The Acquisition and Collection Development Section focuses on the central reason for libraries—collections.

The Section’s work is to give support and guidance to librarians as they endeavor to build collections that nourish the needs of their users. Specifically, the Section supports activities that deal with:

  1. The interrelated processes of collection development (planning and building a useful and balanced collection of library materials), and
  2. The acquisition of library materials in all formats.

Collection development is based on the needs of a library’s users. The Section addresses these needs through its members’ efforts to give guidance to:

  • Formulating selection criteria
  • Planning for and engaging in resource sharing and collection development
  • Planning for and implementing new collections or collection areas (including patron-initiated recommendations)
  • Replacing lost or damaged items
  • Making selection and de-selection decisions
  • Evaluating options for access (e.g., format choice, rights management, license restrictions, consortial requirements)

These processes are guided by collection development policies that establish priorities and facilitate decision making on what is acquired.

Section members share their expertise on activities associated with the acquisition of materials in all formats by purchase, exchange, gift, or legal or copyright deposit, including:

  • Ordering, receiving, claiming, and payment
  • Selecting and evaluating supply sources
  • Negotiating pricing
  • Licensing of digital resources

Section members provide guidance in specialized areas such as ownership vs. access, open access content, resource scholarly communication, publisher and vendor relationships, and using latest technologies to facilitate collection development and acquisitions.

Section members work with the Sections on Serials and Other Continuing Resources and Document Delivery and Resource Sharing along with advisory committees within IFLA that facilitate discussions between libraries and publishers and/or producers of digital resources. The Section is flexible in formulating its goals and is responsive to changing conditions in the professional environment and in the information industry. The Section works to integrate its goals with the IFLA Strategic Framework and IFLA priorities.

This unit is part of the Professional Division F.
This unit is sponsoring LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group and Library Publishing Special Interest Group.