Collection Development Section’s 2011 Annual Meeting & 25th Anniversary Panel Discussion

Submitted by Ramune Kubilius, Immediate Past Chair/Section Council Representative

(This is a synopsis incorporating some of the highlights.)

The Collection Development Section’s 2011 business meeting took place on Sunday, May 15th at the beginning of the 2011 annual MLA conference in Minneapolis, MN. The meeting was broken up into two parts, the formal business meeting, and the 25th anniversary panel discussion that followed. During the business meeting, MLA board member and outgoing Section Council chair, Judy Burnham, AHIP stopped by to congratulate the Section and to read the proclamation of the board,

Resolution Honoring the Collection Development Section of the Medical Library Association”. (see linked copy at end of paragraph). She mentioned that CDS is not the only MLA section celebrating anniversaries in 2011—other sections’ anniversaries were for 30, 35, and 45 years (Cancer Librarians, Federal Libraries, History of the Health Sciences respectively).

2011 MLA resolution honoring CDS

During the business meeting, the 2010 Daniel T. Richards prize certificate was awarded to Ana Ugaz, C. Trenton Boyd, Vicki Croft, Esther Carrigan, and Katherine Anderson for their article “Basic list of veterinary serials, third edition: using a decision matrix to update the core list of veterinary journals” (the 2010 prizewinners were honored at this Minneapolis meeting, not in Washington, D.C., as listed in the Spring 2011 issue of “Developments”).

All officers present at the meeting gave their reports. Accomplishments of the past year include: The upgrade of the section’s newsletter, “Developments” to a blog format and the submission by a specially formed CDS committee, of a CE event symposium proposal, for the 2012 annual meeting, on patron-driven acquisition. It was hoped this would draw a significant audience from MLA membership and be a revenue generator for the section. (Unfortunately, after the annual MLA meeting, CDS was notified by the MLA Continuing Education Committee that the proposal was not accepted as a symposium for 2012 and various alternatives on offering the subject material in a different format were suggested). The Membership Committee updated the CDS brochure to celebrate the 25th anniversary, posted it in the CDS website, and distributed the brochure at the New Members/First Timers breakfast and at the Section Council booth in the exhibit hall. During the business meeting, CDS voted on and approved bylaws changes which now bring the section in compliance with MLA model bylaws.  Incoming chair elect/program chair, Cecilia Botero, highlighted some themes that were being developed for the 2012 annual MLA meeting. Outgoing, continuing, and new officers were recognized, including the CDS candidate for MLA Nominating Committee in 2011, Bette Sydelko, AHIP. Leadership of the section was turned over to 2011-2012 CDS chair, Mary Fran Prottsman, AHIP who has been actively recruiting, filling, and confirming volunteers for various CDS committees.

After the business meeting, CDS members and interested 2011 MLA annual meeting attendees were treated to a trip down memory lane, at least the past 25 years since the founding of the section. Panelists, knowledgeable former CDS officers, Jonathan Eldredge, PhD, AHIP, Mark Funk, AHIP, FMLA,and Pat Thibodeau, AHIP, FMLA, each reflected on the past-the ever changing  publishing world (some of our nemesis publishers don’t even exist anymore), and our role in it (evidence-based collection development is a reality in our world). The orientation, according to Mark Funk, is now focused on the patron (user), rather than the collection.  Jonathan Eldredge mentioned the challenges, e.g., the decisions to make: item by item selection or “big deal.”  A few audience members added their reflections as well.  Phrases such as “just in case based on metrics” and “just because purchasing” were voiced.  The session was moderated by 2011-12 CDS chair Mary Fran Prottsman, AHIP. Light refreshments were served.



Ramune Kubilius, AHIP

CDS chair, 2010-2011

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