In planning for the MUFY library I have concentrated on setting up a collection that will be available when the third floor and thus library is opened for use. I budgeted for a stock of 2500 books by the end of the first year of operation on the basis that this was the minimum requirement for a library collection. My intention is to build and maintain a stock of 12000
On considering the issue of staffing for cataloging and processing of materials we have opted for a shelf ready service, Zenith in Sydney.
Zentih have links with Dymocks and I wanted to use Dymocks in Melbourne as a supplier of fiction and curriculum related material. They are conveniently placed to the campus and offer a generous 20% discount.
We will use Academic and General who are also in the CBD for text books. I have also been looking at our subscriptions to Professional Associations, journals and online databases and am ready to go as soon as I have my PD on the ordering system.
My intention is to have a large book buy covering fiction and general subject resources involving the staff. I have asked them to look at resources which advance their own professional reading and knowledge, or encourage students to read around their subject area. Material for consideration should have currency, support the curriculum subject areas and encourage further study and interest. We should be looking at attractive presentation and take note of design and language. I wanted to involve our small staff the opprotunity to feel part of the setup and to take a share of ownership in the collection. At this stage of our existence when most teaching staff have been on for less than four weeks I also felt it would be a team building exercise.
Theoretically Dymocks will then parcel up the books and we will next see them fully catalogued and shelf ready.
Then however comes the next test, will our LMS be up and running so that Dymocks can upload records directly to our system?
We have chosen Liberty and will have RFID, Syndetics and e-book loan capacity. With the system comes a new set of desicions regarding paremeters and establsihing processes. Some of these will be purely in house but others will have operatinal consideratins and therefore need to be discussed with the leadership team of 2 HODs and the Director. These include loan periods for staff and students (one semester for staff, three weeks for students) and overdue procedures (2 notices and a bill)
Finally I will make sure that all processes are through the LMS and that no manual processes are in place eg journal subscriptions and we will take full advantage of the aquisitions module.