Collections Strategic Planning
(Revised) January 31, 2005

The collection development mission is:
Shape collections to meet the emerging and ongoing needs of the university through acquiring, accessing, and creating resources in a rapidly changing information, educational, and research environment.

Introduction: As Rutgers strives for greatness, the library must also be nurtured and encouraged to grow in excellence, strengthening a partnership that will be richly rewarding for our academic community and the people of New Jersey. "Growth," as applied to library collections, covers both the acquisition of traditional print products (books and journals) as well as electronic access to online scholarly publications. The growth process in print and electronic collections can be sustained only with adequate funding. The inadequacy of the collections budget in the past decade has resulted in Rutgers being unable to keep up with new scholarly development in monograph and journal publications (both print and online). For the next several years the vast majority of new library resources will be purchased; yet there is also a growing and significant body of scholarly resources freely available via the internet. The Libraries will continue and expand its efforts to harvest, organize, and contribute to this body of knowledge.

Seek new sources of funding for collections:

Increase effectiveness of the print, digital and manuscript collections in the hybrid information environment

Develop collection resources to support university designated high priority programs

Integrate scholarly communications, including the intellectual creations of the university community, more fully into the research and learning process.

Promote diversity in collections and collections development librarians

Increase understanding and awareness of current and emerging trends and products in digital information services and determine what roles the Libraries should play on behalf of the university

Develop new organizational structure for collection development:

Insuring continuous and long-term access to critical information resources by implementing the Libraries' preservation plan

Integrate assessment into every strategic goal and annual objects

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