How to Build a High-quality Library Collection in a Multi-format Environment: Centralized Selection at University of Wyoming Libraries

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Academic libraries, Centralized selection, Collection development, Collection management, Electronic resources management, Job descriptions, Library administration, Library management, Library reorganization


In recent decades, the composition of academic library collections has shifted toward electronic formats, resulting in a more complicated publication landscape to be navigated by selectors. Additionally, the workload of public services librarians has become more weighted toward instruction and research support, putting more pressure on the time of liaison librarians tasked with collection development responsibilities. These shifts have prompted academic institutions, including University of Wyoming Libraries, to consider a restructuring of collection development responsibilities. This article describes the evolution and implementation of a centralized model of selection at UW Libraries.

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