November 8, 2010

This seminar was held at CILIP HQ, London on November 12th 2010 (A planned seminar at the Bar Convent, York on June 9th 2010 did not take place)  Our prices were held again! The fee for NAG Members was £150 + VAT and Non-Members £200 +VAT


The seminar looked at the question of Collection Development in academic libraries, considered what factors are likely to affect how collections develop, and aimed to decide how collections are likely to respond to these stimuli and change over the course of next few years.

The speakers were

  • Steve Sharp (Leeds University Library): “The future-proof Library: space, collections and the ‘new’ undergraduate”.
  • Hazel Woodward (Cranfield University Library): “What Does Collection Development Mean in the Digital Environment?”
  • Sally Curry (RIN Library Programme Adviser) : “Managing the Traditional Collection for Research: A Problem Shared?”
  • Eileen Hiller (University of Huddersfield): “Even More With Less”
  • Libby Homer (University of East London): “Strategies for a Digital Library”


Their central themes were

 the shift from print- to e-resources – * to what extent will this continue and develop in academic libraries? (is a total e-library likely in the next 10 years?) *  what is the developing attitude within the publishing industry to e-material especially as regards the e-textbook

 the print collection and the space issue – *  the declining usage of print material  *  how can we justify the space occupied by journals back issues and print books in the light of the growing demand from users for more learning and social interaction space

 the collection and ‘new’ undergraduate  – *  how must the concept of collection change to meet the needs of the ‘digital native’? *  the development of patron driven acquisitions

 the collection and the researcher – *  statistics show declining levels of library usage by academics and researchers -how does the collection need to change to reverse this trend?

 the possibilities of digitisation

 the effect of financial stringency and budget cuts on collection development

 the case for continuing with the traditional print collection


Some comments from delegates

  • Excellent presentations and a real wealth of information shared. A very well organised event. Perhaps more time could have been allocated to the presenters as they had so much to share.
  • Very much benefited from being aimed at academic libraries only.
  • Overall very good day, more sessions like this!
  • Overall very excellent presentations which has certainly given me food for thought.
  • Very useful, both the sessions and the chance to share experience. It seems we all have the same problems!
  • A useful and stimulating day. Very practical content. Well done!
  • A really useful seminar.  Reassuring to know that all academic libraries are facing similar problems in collection development.
  • I found the presentations very informative and interesting. I feel that my organisation is already carrying out the majority of strategies discussed today but I still have sufficient feedback to take back with me.
  • Very interesting presentations, covering a wide range of experience. An informative day especially the reference to the current economic situation
  • It was useful talking to other people and hearing how their institutions were in a similar position.
  • Very pertinent subjects. Reassuring that we all appear to have the same issues regardless of size!
  • On the whole an interesting and thought provoking seminar. Thank you.


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