On the 9th of March, 2011, post graduate students in the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies paid a scheduled visit to Collection Development Section of Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan.
We were received by the Head – Collection Development Section.
Collection development involves selecting, acquiring and weeding of information materials in the library. It is a process of planning stock acquisition programme not only for the immediate library users, but also, to build a reliable collection over a period of time.
Collection development principle is based on the goals, aims and objectives of the parent institution (university), objectives of the library, subject matter, availability of funds etc.
Selection of information materials is performed to reflect community analysis, collection development policy, selection policy, acquisition and evaluation.
Some selection tools used in selecting information materials include:
• Books in print
• National Bibliography of Nigeria (NBN)
• Publishers catalog
• Internet surfing
• Publishers announcements
• Ulrich’s International Periodical Directory (serials)
• Desiderata (suggestions made by library users)
Acquisition of materials could be through any or combination of the following:
• Gifts and Exchange
• Legal Deposit
• Standing order with vendor
Selection of information materials are made from available sources, bibliographic verification of the selected materials are carried out, procurement of the selected materials is advertised in the tender’s board or notice board, contract for the procurement is awarded, successful vendors/publishers write letter of acceptance, information materials are supplied, they verified to check for inadequacies, stamped, accessioning numbers are assigned and then recorded in the accessioning register.