[Videolib] issues in academic media collection development

Brigid Duffy (bduffy@sfsu.edu)
Thu, 23 Sep 2004 12:36:17 -0700

We allocate the media budget based on fourth-week enrollment figures,
at the school level rather than department. The school dean divides
media requests into 'buy now', 'buy if funds become available' and
'don't buy' (can't remember the last time anyone used that).

There is some fine tuning; some schools never go through their
allotment, some always go over, so if one area has extra money and
someone else needs it, we do what makes sense. Nobody has complained so

There's also a smaller amount kept out for replacements and late items
- say something that comes out in April that I know the faculty will

Hope this helps.

Brigid Duffy
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200
E-mail: bduffy@sfsu.edu

On Thursday, September 23, 2004, at 09:55 AM, Maureen Tripp wrote:

> This is related to our recent discussion of collection development
> assessment . . . do other academic media centers allocate their budget
> among different departments--for example, are you asked to spend a
> certain amount on, say, requests from faculty from the visual and
> media department, a certain amount on faculty requests from
> communication, etc? Do you need to get department chairpersons to
> approve requests made by individual faculty? I'd be very interested
> in how you make your decisions.
> I have been able to pretty much fill all requests up to this year, but
> now demand has outstripped our budget, and I am being asked to come up
> with a fair way of dividing our resources among the different academic
> departments.
> Thanks for any ideas!
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