The Collection Manager's Manual is a resource for existing and new collection managers or librarian subject specialists at the University of California, Santa Barbara Libraries. The manual is designed to provide an overview of the collection development culture and philosophy of the UCSB Libraries. In addition, the manual is intended as a collection development reference source for collection managers. Collection managers should refer to the manual when they have procedural or policy questions related to the countless tasks, situations, and responsibilities that surface on a daily basis when selecting library materials, maintaining a collection, and interacting with Catalacq (Cataloging and Acquisitions).
This manual is a product of the Task Force for New Collection Managers. During the winter-spring of 2001, the Task Force developed and implemented a series of collection development orientation workshops for collection managers. Each workshop focused on a significant area of collection development and addressed a specific list of procedural and policy questions compiled by junior and senior librarian collection specialists. The section of Orientation Program Questions and Answers features the written questions handed out and discussed at the workshops and the answers given by those who presented the workshops. The Orientation Program Questions and Answers may be viewed as a complete course in collection management at UCSB Libraries. Often, the Collection Manager's Manual simply refers to the appropriate question and answer from the Program.