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Eric Hartnett, convener

Director of Electronic Resources, TAMU

Filip Jakobsen

UX & Interaction Designer

Ann-Marie Breaux

Vice-President, Academic Service Integration, GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

Charlotte Whitt

Librarian. Analyst from Index Data

Simona Tabacaru

Collection Development Librarian, TAMU

Bill Verner

Head, Monographic Acquisitions, Duke

D. Bonner

Librarian / Info Tech Spec from Index Data

Sarah G. Wenzel

Bibliographer for Literatures of Europe and the Americas, Chicago

Sebastian Weigel


Deborah Lenares

Collections Analyst and Strategist, MIT

Daniel Xiao

Social Sciences and Education Librarian, Selector for Sociology, International Studies, Educational Administration And Human Resource Development, TAMU

Susan Martin

Head, Acquisitions Services, Chicago 

Daniel Huang

Acquisitions Librarian, Lehigh University

Brian KernManager Resources and Metadata, Allegheny College


Selection of materials for acquisition is process in libraries that falls at the boundaries of separate selectors/bibliographers and acquisitions staff. Selectors frequently work outside of traditional LMS/LSP systems to identify needs for the library’s collection and learn about new resources of interest. Selectors and/or acquisitions staff then work to determine how to acquire a particular resource, which can include choosing between different vendors, formats, and business models. Selectors may be working through routinized processes and major vendor designed to support library acquisitions (e.g., book sellers, subscription agents), or track down resources through individualized workflows. Libraries may use mechanisms to identify content  that meets specific criteria, such as the use of approval plans to select content published in certain subjects. Libraries may also use user demand, such as through demand-driven acquisitions or faculty requests as a major driver of selection. Libraries may use campus initiatives and programs, such as accreditation requirements, new faculty research, and grants to inform their selection decisions. Selection responsibility is shared between selectors and bibliographers in different ways at different libraries (and even is not consistent within individual libraries) This Task Group will look at ways that FOLIO can support the initial selection process:

  • Discovery of resources that may be suitable to add to the library

  • Integrate selection of resources with the discovery interface that directly flows into FOLIO acquisitions workflows

  • Management individual and idiosyncratic workflows for specialized sources

  • Faculty and user requests

  • Information about purchasing options, vendors, formats and business models

  • Trials and desiderata lists

  • Support for approval plans, DDA, and potential new methods of automated, data-driven selection

  • Potential to help support consortial collection building

The idea for this Task group came out of discussions from the Resource Management SIG, but selection was considered partially out of scope for the RM SIG. This new Task Group, considering members with selection and/or acquisitions responsibilities, will work with Filip Jakobsen to determine how FOLIO can best support this work.


  • Resource Selection will meet as needed until a model of selection support within FOLIO is finalized; and communicate with the larger Resource Management SIG as appropriate.

  • A Task Group member will serve as the convener of Selection, and a SIG member will be asked to communicate decisions back to the Resource Management SIG.

  • Participants may be full members of the Resource Management SIG or serve solely on the Task Group.

  • Participants are expected to have knowledge or access to knowledge about the selection process for library materials.