Librarians and faculty cooperate to develop the Library’s collection. The selection process is coordinated by Collection Services. Recommendations for the purchase of materials are accepted from faculty, staff, and students via librarians but final responsibility for the selection of library resources lies with librarians. Recommendations for major purchases of electronic resources and for all serials subscriptions must be submitted for consideration to the Electronic Resources and Serials Review Committee.
Ryerson Library uses an approval plan to help facilitate collection development.
An approval plan is a collection development tool used by the majority of university libraries. Libraries employ vendors to facilitate the approval plan. A subject profile is defined with the vendor detailing the subject areas the library wishes to acquire. In addition to subject areas, price, format, and publishers are taken into consideration. Once the profile has been refined, the vendor will automatically ship the books to the library on a regular basis; however the profiles are under continuous review and can be modified at any time.
The benefits of using an approval plan include saving the time of librarians and library staff, consistent expenditure of funds, substantial discounts, and faster receipt of newly published material.