Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CFP: Patron-Initiated Collection Development (special issue of Collection Management)

CFP: Patron-Initiated Collection Development (special issue of Collection Management)

Call For Papers: Special Issue of Collection Management

Patron-Initiated Collection Development: Current Successes and Future Directions

To be published in v. 35, no. 3/4 of Collection Management in 2010. Seeking article proposals from colleagues at all kinds of libraries (all sizes of academic libraries, public libraries, and international libraries) about patron-initiated collection development, such as:

● interlibrary loan book purchase programs
● experiences with allowing patron use or selection to drive acquisition of electronic books
● consortial collection development plans with strong patron-driven acquisitions elements
● other innovative patron-initiated selection activities for materials in a variety of formats
● implications for the future roles of collection librarians in an environment of increased user-driven Acquisitions
● user discovery of patron-initiated collection development plans

The editors are particularly interested in proposals for articles that will that include evaluation/assessment/analysis.


The special issue editors are members of the team that published the following article:

Anderson, Kristine J., Robert S. Freeman, Jean-Pierre V. M. Herubel, Lawrence J. Mykytiuk, Judith M. Nixon, and Suzanne M. Ward. 2002. “Buy, Don’t Borrow: Bibliographers’ Analysis of
Academic Library Collection Development through Interlibrary Loan Requests.” Collection
Management, 27(3/4): 1-11.

This article analyzed six subject areas for books purchased instead of borrowed as the result of interlibrary loan requests in 2000-2001. Now that ILL book purchases have been standard procedure at the Purdue University Libraries for ten years, the authors and their colleagues will
analyze this decade’s worth of information to explore the following topics in a series of four articles:

● Revisit the initial study by comparing earlier findings with more recent data
● Analyze the ILL book purchase program in relation to scientific/technical/medical (STM) titles ● Conduct in-depth statistical analysis across a decade of data, looking at issues such as patron status, subject areas as indicated by call number, subsequent circulation, comparison with similar subject area books acquired through traditional means, etc.
● Position paper on new roles for collection librarians. As user-initiated collection development frees time and effort from traditional collection duties and responsibilities, how will academic librarians develop and nurture emerging objectives and prerogatives, e.g. teaching, research?

The accepted articles from colleagues at other institutions will complement the four listed above.

November 13, 2009: Submit an abstract (maximum of one page) with the title and your proposed article idea. Your full contact information may appear on a separate page, but please include your name, institution, and email address on the abstract page.

December 4, 2009: The editors will notify authors whether their proposals have been accepted.

February 28, 2010: Submit completed article (10-25 double spaced pages).

Please submit abstracts and address correspondence to Judy Nixon ( with this subject line: CM article proposal.