The Collection Management department has four functional areas. Each area has one
librarian and one or more staff members assigned to it. However, all staff members
are cross-trained to support multiple functional areas.
One of the librarians also serves as the Department Head, coordinating the activities
of all functional areas and directly supervising the other librarians and the staffers
within his or her area. In other areas, the staff are supervised by the librarian
in that area.
The four functional areas are Collection Development, Acquisitions/Periodicals/Microforms,
Electronic Resources, and Interlibrary Loan.
The following activities are assigned to each functional area:
Overseeing selection of library materials, including the liaison program
Review of subscriptions (journals and databases)
Firm orders - ordering/receiving/accounting
Periodicals & Microforms - ordering/check-in/claiming/shelving/accounting
Maintaining access to subscribed materials in electronic format
Borrowing materials from partner libraries for UM patrons
Lending UM materials for use by patrons of partner libraries
These duties are cross-functional in many cases; for example, the Collection Development
team recommends journal titles for subscription, the Acquisition tem orders them,
and the Electronic Resources team ensures that access is available.
Please send questions/comments/suggestions to
Steve Knowlton, Interim Head of Collection Management