UC Berkeley Library

Collection Services Council

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The scale and scope of the campus library collections, the size of the collections budget, the number of selectors involved in collection development at UC Berkeley, and the number of other library units which are affected by this work all challenge both unified management on the one hand and adequately participatory involvement on the other. To achieve a balance between central administration and the broadest possible library-wide involvement, Collection Services Council (following the precedents of the Collections Advisory Group and similar previous organizational structures) draws its membership from a wide range of constituencies.

Collection Services Council is advisory to the AUL for Scholarly Resources and the Collection Development Leadership Group in the following areas:

  • the development of shared principles for collection planning and for its future direction;
  • the design and implementation of standards for collection evaluation;
  • the review of commonly understood expectations for selector performance;
  • technical operations and procedures in support of collection management;
  • monitoring and encouraging collaboration among UC-wide selector groups and with the California Digital Library; and
  • monitoring national trends in collection development theory and practice.
  • proposals developed by the AUL's other advisory groups (Budget Advisory Group, Digital Acquisitions Group, e-Book Advisory Group, and the Scholarly Communications Advisory Group)
  • librarywide Collections Development Policies and Procedures.

Collection Services Council conducts its business in open meetings, held once a month. Its activities are recorded in minutes which are distributed, immediately upon their formal approval, to the entire library staff. Its business is also reported directly to and, as needed, discussed by the three subject councils, each of which is represented on Collection Services Council by two selectors serving staggered two-year terms. Council documents are distributed to an e-mail list, to which, at the discretion of the Chair, certain non-members may be added.

The Collection Services Council is one of five functional councils within the Library.

Chaired by the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, Collection Services Council is composed of: two representatives from each of the Subject Councils, each of the representatives being a selector; a representative of the affiliated libraries; and ex officio members from Acquisitions Department, The Bancroft Library, Business Services, Catalog Department, Licensing, Preservation, East Asian Library, and the Northern Regional Library Facility.

Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez, AUL, Scholarly Resources


Jan Carter, Arts & Humanities Council (term ends 2018)
Jennifer Dorner, Social Sciences Council (term ends 2018)
Gail Ford, Collections Program & Policy Analyst (ex officio)
Peter Hanff, The Bancroft (ex officio)
Marlene Harmon, Affiliated Libraries (ex officio)
Jianye He, East Asian Library (ex officio)
Mark Hemhauser, Head of Acquisitions, (ex officio)
Rebecca Miller, Sciences Council (term ends 2017)
Barclay Ogden, Preservation (ex officio)
Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz, Catalog Department (ex officio)
Anna Sackmann, Sciences Council (term ends 2018)
Virginia Shih, Arts & Humanities Council (term ends 2017)
Jesse Silva, Social Sciences Council (term ends 2017)
Jutta Wiemhoff, NRLF, (ex officio)
Elise Woods, Library Business Services (ex officio)

Meeting schedule:
1st Tuesday of each month, 10:00 - noon, Room 251 Doe Library

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