February 6, 2013


Following the extremely successful seminars on this topic held in London in November 2010, and at Aston in February 2012, the National Acquisitions Group has presented a third seminar, building on and developing the original content. This took place on Wednesday 12th June 2013, at CILIP HQ in London


“The modern academic library collection must satisfy a wide range of users, both on- and off-campus, and the standard picture of a collection which consists almost entirely of print books and journals has been changing over the course of the last two decades to encompass the diverse ways in which information and learning is presented to the user”. Our seminar examined to what degree ‘The Collection’ must therefore change to meet these new objectives

The presentations were as follows:

Jill Taylor-Roe (University of Newcastle):  “To have or not to have”: prioritising collection development in a period of fiscal constraint

Graham Stone  (University of Huddersfield):    “Looking? Found someone you have, eh?” Practical implications from the Library Data Impact Project

Aviva Weinstein   (Maverick Publishing Specialists): Taking content mobile. Where does mobile sit in content development?

Robin Armstrong-Viner (University of Kent):  Why? How Toddlers Make Great Role Models for Anyone Managing Collections

Steve Sharp   (University of Leeds):   People don’t want quarter inch drills, they want quarter inch holes

Mark Kluzek  (King’s College, London): Interlending and Document Delivery  – challenges we face in rapidly changing times

Heather Sherman  (Dawson Books):   How suppliers can support change, e-books, workflows [Heather was unavoidably absent, and her presentation was adapted and delivered by Regina Ferguson of Salford University- both versions are available to view]

Hugh Look  (JISC Collections):  Jisc Collections banding: partnerships, and the “large institution/low potential usage” problem

The presentations are now available for NAG members. Non-members who attended the seminar can to receive  the presentations on application to the NAG office at nag.office@nag.org.uk


Comments about the seminar include the following –

  • Excellent topics, very relevant for our everyday work/ projects. Can identify with a lot an adopt ideas, share knowledge with colleagues. Great to network and share thoughts in one physical space. Thank you.
  • Thanks for a great seminar
  • Thought provoking as usual with a mix of new ideas and “traditional” views.
  • Really interesting – lots of food for thought
  • An excellent networking opportunity – thanks
  • An interesting and informative programme covering a whole range of relevant topics on collection development
  • An interesting range of speakers,
  • Some really interesting ideas have been presented today and unified themes that have emerged are reassuring.
  • An eye-opener. A very interesting day providing insights into structure, systems and cultures of other institutions