Centralized Library Purchasing and Technical Processing for Six Colleges in Alabama and Mississippi; A Report

Annette Hoage Phinazee, Casper L. Jordan
1969 College and Research Libraries  
The United Board for College Development proposes centralized library purchasing and processing of materials . to increase the educational potential of Miles, Oakwood, Stillman, Tuscaloosa, and Tougaloo Colleges, and Tuskegee Institute as quickly as possible. The colleges are similar enough in course offerings, acquisitions practices, and cataloging policies to make centralization feasible. Plans for development include funding a center and the acquisition of additional materials, and
more » ... ials, and encouraging other similar libraries to take advantage of the center's services. THE UNITED BOARD for College Development has initiated a special effort to increase the quantity .and quality of educational materials at Miles, Oakwood, Stillman, Tougaloo, and Tuscaloosa Colleges, and at Tuskegee Institute. The project began formally after the administrative officers and the librarians of the six colleges, and two consultants, Warren J. Haas and Maurice F. Tauber, met with Board Director Charles C. Turner and concluded that the needs for materials are greater than the abilities of the libraries to supply them. The group decided that a feasibility study should be conducted to determine the best method of solving the problem. The Board succeeded in obtaining funds and chose the present authors as Principal Investigator .and Associate Investigator, respectively. The two investigators attempted to: ( 1) analyze the current selection and processing procedures in the six libraries Mrs. Phinazee is Professor and Mr. ]ordan is Assistant Professor of Library Service in Atlanta University. ) by identifying and describing relevant characteristics of the libraries and of their communities; ( 2) develop criteria for determining the adequacy of processing services, cost, status of cataloging, efficiency of operations, etc.; ( 3) study plans for future processing procedures that included estimates of the volume of material to be processed during the next three years, plans for expanding staff and facilities, .and plans for improving conditions; and ( 4) identify solutions to the problems of fulfilling the processing requirements by evaluating present and future needs and proposing a plan that will provide adequate personnel, facilities, quarters, and an efficient system of processing operations, with cost estimates included. After searching relevant literature, the investigators met with the librarians on two occasions; the college presidents, or their representatives, attended one of the meetings. Two questionnaires were distributed and analyzed. Each library was visited and the library personnel was interviewed. Enrollment in these coeducational,
doi:10.5860/crl_30_04_369 fatcat:zv2spkhri5gdjdvqv3tdoomdxy