The Acquisitions Department is charged with the responsibility on a University-wide
basis for ordering and receiving for the U of M Libraries all library materials other
than items designated as periodicals. The following materials are not within the department’s
purview: (1) supplies or equipment, and (2) periodicals. Requests for single payments
exceeding twenty thousand dollars must be approved by the Provost (see U of M policy
1:2D:03:11) and will be routed through the Dean of Libraries.
The department handles initial fund accounting and maintains the many files, e.g.,
purchase order, and vendor files.
The department engages in extensive pre-order bibliographic searching to assure that
the material requested is not needlessly duplicated. Every reasonable effort is made
to determine that the material is indeed available and at the price specified. Further,
the staff members check both on-line and printed sources to find out if cataloging
copy is available. In the searching process the department indicates the form of
all name headings which have been previously used in U of M’s library catalogs.
Further, the department is responsible for accepting, accounting for, screening, evaluating,
and processing all non-serial material which is donated to all departments of the
U of M Libraries except Special Collections and the branch libraries/locations.
Please send questions/comments/suggestions to
Steve Knowlton, Interim Head of Collection Management