Two UK Librarians presented a webinar titled “Meeting the Challenge of Focused Collection Development at a Federal Regional Depository” for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) on December 10, 2014. Sandee McAninch, Regional Depository Librarian, and Heath Martin, Director of Collections, discussed the challenge of focused collection development at a Federal regional depository library.
The University of Kentucky is participating as a Center of Excellence (COE) for two Federal agencies, the Works Progress Administration and Appalachian Regional Commission, in an ASERL Collaborative Federal Depository Program designed to distribute collection development for all Federal agencies across the entire Southeast.
The presentation described how UK has been able to focus its collection development efforts for its depository collection, apart from their own COE activities, on the agencies which have not yet been selected as Centers of Excellence. The presenters discussed how this ASERL program has allowed UK LIbraries to cease collection development efforts, when appropriate, for those agencies where another research library in the Southeast has agreed to be the Center of Excellence, and how local collection development priorities have influenced those decisions.