University Libraries, 1155 Union Circle #305190, Denton , TX 76203-5017
Phone: (940) 565-2411 • www.library.unt.edu
Library Background/history: The University of North Texas Libraries are the collections, facilities, tools and people who serve the research needs and informational interests of the institution’s students, faculty, and staff and the community members of Denton, Texas, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Managed resources include over 6 million cataloged items, numerous special collections including government documents, and the UNT Digital Library (http://digital.library.unt.edu/). The libraries have four public service locations on two campuses and two other off-campus facilities for storage and offices. The institution serves, as of fall 2015, 37,175 students, 2,503 faculty and 2,432 staff.
Staff: Approximately 55 librarians, 80 staff and 170 student employees.
Budget: $18 million, of which $6-7 million annually is for materials.
types of materials you buy: Collection development efforts include acquisitions of physical and e-books, audiovisual media, print and electronic journals and databases. By policy, textbooks are not acquired routinely although exceptions are approved on a case-by-case basis. The goal of collection development is to provide access to all types of information sources necessary to meet the research needs of the students and faculty, to support instructional programs, to ensure coverage of interdisciplinary subjects, and to maintain agreements with consortia and systems in which the institution has a role. We have a preference for electronic resources when available and when pricing is commensurate to other formats, due to multiple programs at UNT targeted to distance learners. We also emphasize access to research materials over ownership whenever feasible.
use of mobile technology: The institution’s web site is optimized for friendly rendering on mobile devices. Purchased or subscribed resources may or may not be usable by mobile devices, according to vendor or publisher efforts to adapt products for that environment.
what do you think your library be like in five years? The UNT Libraries will continue to prefer electronic resources when possible, to be in the vanguard of developments related to digital libraries and scholarly communication, and to create spaces where people can meet, learn and collaborate.
How many divisions are there in your department? The Collection Management Division (http://www.library.unt.edu/collection-management) consists of two departments: Collection Development and Cataloging & Metadata Services (http://www.library.unt.edu/staff-directory/department/collection-management).
How many people work in your department? The associate dean of Collection Management leads the two units. Collection Development has eleven employees — six librarians and five paraprofessionals; the unit has a varying number of student assistant and graduate library assistant positions, usually four. Cataloging & Metadata Services has eight employees — four librarians and four paraprofessionals, and two student assistants. (Total salaried, non-student FTEs is eleven.)
The Collection Development department is very fortunate to have such a large complement of professional librarians. The positions handle the following roles:
department head & coordinator of collection development
serials management, receiving & accounts payable
collection development liaison to public services & monographs ordering
electronic resources acquisitions and management
strategic collections analysis & open access resources
The Collection Development unit works very collaboratively, consults with colleagues frequently, and makes purchasing decisions in a team environment. Staff at all levels are empowered to investigate resources, suggest improvements, try new ideas with leeway to fail and try again, to collaborate with others in our division and in other divisions, and to pursue educational opportunities to improve skill sets and advance career goals.