Collection Management is a
primary function of a university library. The department's daily challenges
include the purchase of research and curricular support materials, as well
as the analysis of the library's existing collection for content, curricular changes,
and the review of specific subject collection areas to enhance the
relevance of the collection.
A large segment of the
selection process for adding monographs and non-print material in Kent
Library rests with the academic department faculty, working through a
departmental library liaison system. Specific collections within Kent
Library such as the Instructional Materials Collections, the Reference
Collection, the Government Document Collection, and Special Collections and
Archives are largely managed by
librarians involved in each unit. Collection Management encourages and
evaluates selection suggestions from students and community members, using
the on-line Student Acquisition Request Form.