Re: Allocation policy?

Gary Handman (
Thu, 5 Feb 1998 10:12:32 -0800 (PST)


An interesting question...dividing up the pie. Guess it sort of depends
on the mission of the Center and the manner in which materials are
selected (i.e. the buying authority). At UCB, collecting is pretty much
in my other words, I select (based on a broad sense of
programmatic need) with occasional input from faculty. Collecting is a
matter of trying to build a balanced general collection, while meeting the
needs of specific curricula. If your center's primary mission is to
support specific curricula, that's another matter... One strategy which
we've employed is to partner with individual teaching departments on the
purchase of expensive items (or long lists of requested materials)...we've
also been successful in tapping into a small grant process which hands out
money for teaching initiatives...

I guess if you're in the position of having to support specific requests,
you could allocate according to the usual benchmarks: enrollments in
particular programs (the larger get the most dough); known institutional
strengths; political considerations (who screams loudest)... Maybe
setting a per title or per dept threshold would work--you could have the
dept kick for requests which exceed this thereshold...

Good luck...

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000