Budget Transparency in Collection Development

Wednesday, 11/30/2016
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented live on 11/30/16. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

Each library's budget is unique; however the importance of providing information about the budget is common across all libraries and is a critical factor in how the library is perceived by its constituents. The cost of e-resources; what is and isn't freely available electronically; and optimizing a flat budget—all are issues often misinterpreted by the campus community, leading to both misunderstandings and misinformation. This program will illustrate how one academic library informed librarians and teaching faculty about the budget realities in order to provide financial transparency and minimize concerns about budget decisions. Strategies in this webinar reflect a large comprehensive public university perspective and are scalable and adaptable to other types of institutions.

Learning Outcomes

This program will demonstrate the importance of clear communication, financial transparency, and sharing information with their constituents, and will provide real-life scenarios that can be adapted to the participant's institution. Participants will gain a more complete view of the dilemmas and will be better prepared to explain collection development complexities to their constituents.

Who Should Attend

Anyone involved in making decisions about collections and budgets


Mary Gilbert is Assistant University Librarian for Content Management and is on the library’s management team at Towson University, Maryland. Her responsibilities include management of the collection budget; acquisitions of books, serials, and e-resources; cataloging and government documents; liaison and instruction; and management of the Technical Services Department. Previously, she worked at Howard Community College, Maryland, and the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her M.L.S. from the University of Rhode Island.

Deborah A. Nolan is Dean of University Libraries at Towson University, Maryland. Her career includes librarian and library administrative roles in public schools, community colleges, and private and public universities. She has provided consulting in the areas of strategic planning, human resources management, and space utilization. Dr. Nolan has been active in professional associations including ALA and ACRL. She earned her M.L.S. at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, and an Ed.D. in instructional technology.



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