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Contacts in Latin America.
Cooperation with faculty especially in special collections areas.
Database trials and feedback from them.
Faculty feedback; background research.
Faculty from outside the libraries with expertise in these areas, book dealers, book reviews, professional associations.
Familiarity with the research and teaching needs of speciﬁc academic programs at the university; familiarity with
publisher and author reputations; book reviews.
Follow trends in locally funded research; use print or electronic reviews such as H-NET; consortial offers reflect a certain
consensus on which resources are worth pursuing.
German Studies: Direct, unstructured discussion with faculty and students. South Asian Studies: User requests are
seldom refused; subject specialists’ own knowledge and discretion are important. Peers with strong opinions—and
faculty behind them—impel big purchase decisions.
Maintain active working relations with faculty and students.
Product trials and feedback from faculty.
Professional listservs & traditional methods, such as reviews in newspapers & academic journals.
Publishers’/vendors’ recommendations; Reviews of academic associations; Comparative collections analysis with other
libraries; Consider holdings in other University of California libraries in order to avoid duplication of low-use materials;
Patron-driven acquisitions program for US and UK English-language materials.
Read book reviews.
Read reviews; publisher and vendor catalogs (print and electronic).
Rely on librarian expertise in subject area. Some cost vs. use data may be used for electronic resource subscription
evaluation. Use data is limited to assisting with replacement decisions and may inform decisions about access (offsite
Review at book fairs.
Review journals and other sources for book reviews/recommendations.
Routine collection assessment; staying up to date on research and teaching in our respective departments; curriculum
analysis; database trials.
The African Studies Library receives notiﬁcations of titles according to a speciﬁc proﬁle from the African Books
Use of traditional collection development techniques and strategies, especially for East Asian and Africana. We acquire
Various review programs and gathering plans.
We do not distinguish between “global” and any other resources.
We solicit opinions from East Asian law-interested faculty. We use our collection development policy, along with
experience with East Asian legal materials, to guide decisions by pointing us to desirable types of materials.