Developments, v.17 no.1 (Fall 2004)

The Newsletter of the Collection Development Section
of the Medical Library Association

In this issue:
Message from the Chair
Message from the Chair-Elect /Program Committee Chair
Message from the Editor
Nominations Needed!
Award Nominations and Grants
New Edition of NLM Collection Development Manual Now Available
Seize the E-Journal: Models for Archiving: Recap of the Symposium
Post Brandon-Hill Lists / Core Lists Meeting at MLA
After the "Post Brandon-Hill Lists / Core Lists Meeting at MLA"
Minutes of the Collection Development Section Business Meeting
MLA Planning Grid

Message from the Chair
I became a Collection Development librarian in 1980. While the job seemed overwhelming at the time, I now long for the simplicity of those days. Back then, my major activities included:
• Annual journal renewals, cancellations, and new titles
• Reviewing the weekly approval plan
• Checking ads, catalogs, and book reviews
• Budget planning
In addition, I had time to read (not flip through) professional journals, discuss library philosophy with colleagues, talk extensively with our users about their information needs, and do some research.

Until about 1997, my duties in Collection Development remained mostly unchanged. Since then, it seems like all hell has broken loose. I maintain my old duties (although reading, philosophy, and discussions are woefully short-changed), but many new activities have been added:
• Identifying new electronic resources and appropriate vendors
• Negotiating the best deal for desired e-resources
• Interpreting and possibly re-writing license agreements
• Doing the above in conjunction with at least four different consortia
• Maintaining a database of e-resources, links, and contacts
• Troubleshooting reported access problems by verifying the problem; identifying the responsible party (vendor? publisher? aggregator?); contacting them (they may be in the United States or in Europe); explaining the problem; verifying it has been corrected; and notifying appropriate parties that the problem has been fixed
• Keeping track of expenditures and contracts that expire year-round
• Maintaining outward appearance of sanity

The changes in my duties are far from unique. Everyone in Collection Development has been faced with massive changes in our environment. We have been forced to learn new skills and take on more duties. Concomitantly, as libraries and our users became more dependent upon e-resources, Collection Development librarians have gained an increased importance in our institutions. With print materials, once an item was purchased and received, our connection to it was severed, replaced by the responsibilities of Cataloging, Circulation, and Reference. Now, we maintain our connection with e-resources, with our name and e-mail address easily available when a user has access problems.

However, with this increased importance and awareness comes increased performance pressure. More than ever, our users demand better service, and our administrators demand cost-effective resources. In a world of constant change, we are in constant need of "how-to-do-it" information. This is where the Collection Development Section can help. We will soon have three different methods to help you get this vital information:

1. Already in place is our discussion list. Need a quick opinion? Want to give an opinion? This is the place to do it.
2. Are you new to Collection Development or new to medical librarianship? Our outstanding CE committee is wrapping up an online medical collection development tutorial, to be implemented this fall.
3. A new goal this year is to "Share individually developed collection development evaluation instruments on the Section's website." Evaluation can be difficult to do and is often overlooked. I am documenting how I did a head-to-head evaluation of two approval plan vendors and will put it up shortly. I hope others can share their methods as well.

As you read the rest of Developments, you will see the wide-ranging activities with which our Section is involved. See something interesting? Give the contact person a call, and get involved. Have fun, and share the knowledge.

Mark Funk, Chair

Message from the Chair-Elect /Program Committee Chair
This year the annual meeting section programming will be a little different and will follow a theme-based approach. The five themes are Education and Outreach, Diversity, Technology, Research, and Clinical. There will be a session on each of these themes for all three days of section programming.

The Collection Development Section will be sponsoring/co-sponsoring three sessions:

Diversity in Collection Development (Diversity Theme, Section Programming Day 1)
(Sponsors: Collection Development (lead), Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Dental, Chiropractic, LBGT)

Impact of Open Access Publishing (Technology Theme, Section Programming Day 2)
(Sponsors: Collection Development (lead), Cancer Librarians, Research, Technical Services)

Digitization, Preservation and Authentication of Resources (Technology Theme, Section Programming Day 3)
(Sponsors: Federal Libraries (lead), Collection Development, History of Health Sciences)

All program sponsors are very excited about these sessions and I think they will be really interesting with lots of food for thought. So please consider contributing abstracts for these. And it's never too soon to put these on your San Antonio calendar!

Hope Barton, Chair-Elect and Program Chair

Message from the Editor
There are lots of interesting things in this issue. Check out the award applications (and their submission dates). Consider attending some of the meetings announced here. Read about the evaluation of the 2004 Symposium and events after the end of the Brandon-Hill lists. Consider nominating yourself or someone else for a Section position.

Submit a report to Developments about the award you won, the meeting you attended, what you did with the information you gained by attending the Symposium, or how the end of the Brandon-Hill lists is effecting your work life. Your colleagues ARE interested and eagerly await your report.

Melissa Nasea, Developments editor

Developments is issued twice a year and is sent electronically to all members of the MLA Collection Development Section. The newsletter accepts original articles, announcements, and other items of interest to section members. Opinions expressed are purely those of the authors. Contributions should be submitted electronically to the editor, Melissa Nasea:

Note: The web addresses are accurate when published but are not updated after publication.

Nominations Needed!
The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for Chair-Elect for the 2005 section election. Self-nominations are encouraged. If elected, the candidate would serve as Chair-Elect and Program Chair for 2005-06, Chair for 2006-07, and Past-Chair, Bylaws Committee Chair and Nominating Committee Chair in 2007-08.

The section will also elect a new Section Council Representative in 2005. This position also requires a three-year service commitment. The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that we have already received a qualified nomination for this position. However, additional nominations are welcome.

Please submit nominations via e-mail to Deb Blecic, Chair of the Nominating Committee, If the nominee has previously served as a section officer, board member, or section committee or taskforce member, please indicate previous service to the section. The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2004.

Thank you for your participation in the nomination process.

The Collection Development Section Nominating Committee
Deborah Blecic, Chair
Catherine Reiter
BJ Schorre

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the
Daniel T. Richards Prize
The Medical Library Association/Collection Development Section (MLA/CDS) is seeking nominations for the Daniel T. Richards Prize for writing related to collecting in the health sciences. Dan Richards (1945-1995) was instrumental in establishing biomedical library collection development as a rigorous discipline with a distinct methodology. To honor his memory and his contributions, an award sponsored by the MLA/CDS was created in 1998. A $250 cash award along with a certificate will be presented to this year's winner at the 2005 section meeting held during the MLA annual meeting in San Antonio.

The Richards Prize will be presented to an individual who created a work in any format (print, audiovisual, electronic, etc.) related to collecting in the health sciences. This work must be widely available to the library community and written or produced in the previous two years (24 months). If a work is nominated in its first year of eligibility but is not awarded the prize, it may be nominated again in its second year of eligibility. In the event there is more than one author, an award certificate will be given to each author and the cash award divided among the authors. Neither the author nor the nominator needs to be members of MLA or CDS. Five years must elapse before the same person is eligible to receive the award again.

Nominations need to include complete names of authors/creators, addresses, institutional affiliations, and complete citation of work along with three complete copies of the work (abstracts not accepted). Self-nominations are acceptable. Additional information is available at

Mail nominations by January 15, 2005 to: Jo Anne Boorkman, Carlson Health Sciences Library, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-5291, Email: , Voice: (530) 752-6383, Fax: (530) 752-4718

Notification to the winner, the winner's institution, Developments, and MLA News will be made prior to the MLA annual meeting.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the
2005 Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences
The Louise Darling Medal is presented annually to recognize distinguished achievement in collection development in the health sciences. The award was established in 1987, with a contribution by Ballen Booksellers International, Inc, and first awarded in 1988. It continues to be supported in part by Blackwell North America, Inc. The medal honors Louise Darling's significant accomplishment in this professional specialty. Nominees may be individuals, institutions or groups of individuals; it is preferred that they be members of MLA.

A nomination form and further information is available at

Please send nominations to Lisa Fried, Medical Library Association, Professional Development Department, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7298 to arrive by November 1, 2004.

2006 Janet Doe Lecturer Nominations Now Being Accepted
The Janet Doe Lecturer is an individual chosen annually by MLA for his/her unique perspective on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship. The person selected this year will speak at the Association's 2006 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Phoenix, Arizona. The lecture is subsequently published in JMLA.

The Lecturer receives a $250 honorarium, travel expenses to the site of the Annual Meeting, hotel expenses for 1 night, per diem for 1 day and a certificate. A nomination form and further information is available at: Please send nominations to Lisa Fried, Medical Library Association, Professional Development Department, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7298 to arrive by November 1, 2004.

MLA's 2005 Rittenhouse Award Jury Seeks Unpublished Papers and Web-Based Projects
All students enrolled in ALA-accredited library and information science programs and trainees in internships in health sciences librarianship or medical informatics are encouraged to submit their unpublished bibliographical, issue/topic based, or research results paper or web-based project on health sciences librarianship or medical informatics for the 2005 Rittenhouse Award competition. The Rittenhouse Award, presented annually by the Medical Library Association, was established in 1867 and is sponsored by Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc., King of Prussia, PA. The cash award of $500 and a certificate will be presented to the winner during the 2005 MLA Annual Conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas.

Manuscript submission information and procedure links may be found on MLANET at: or phone Lisa C. Fried, MLA Headquarters, 312-419-9094 ext. 28 or email: Return submissions to Medical Library Association, Professional Development Department, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7298 to arrive by November 1, 2004.

MLA's Thomson/ISI Frank Bradway Rogers Award:
Recognizing Innovation in Health Sciences Information
The Thomson/ISI Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award Jury is seeking award nominations for 2004/2005. The award is presented annually by the Medical Library Association and sponsored by Thomson/ISI. It recognizes an outstanding MLA member OR members' contributions to: 1) the application of technology to the delivery of health science information, 2) the science of information, or 3) the facilitation of the delivery of health science information. Award winners will be given a prize of $500 and will be formally recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association, May 14-19, 2005 in San Antonio, Texas.

Information on the award and the nomination form, eligibility information, and instructions are at: Nominations are due by: November 1, 2004.

EBSCO Annual Meeting Grant
The EBSCO Annual Meeting Grant is sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and enables MLA members to attend the association's annual meeting. Each year awards of up to $1,000 for travel and conference-related expenses will be given to four librarians who otherwise would be unable to attend the meeting. To be eligible an applicant must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have between two and five years experience in a health sciences library. Priority consideration will be given to the applicant who is the following: 1) Attending the annual meeting for the first time, 2) Presenting a paper or poster at the annual meeting, 3) Having a MLA committee, jury or section/SLG assignment, 4) An MLA member.

Applicants must complete an application form including a 200-word statement answering the question, "What do you expect to gain professionally and/or personally by attending the MLA annual meeting?" The application is available at For more information contact Lisa Fried at MLA headquarters ( or Sandra L. Canham, Chair of the EBSCO/Annual Meeting Grant Jury ( completed application should be sent to the Medical Library Association, Professional Development Department, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7298 to arrive by December 1, 2004.

Medical Library Association Scholarship
The Medical Library Association is offering a scholarship of up to $5,000 to encourage library school students who show excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health science librarianship.

Eligibility: 1. Applicant must be a student entering an ALA-accredited library school OR a student who has at least one-half of the requirements of the program to finish when the scholarship is awarded in February. 2. Applicant must be a citizen of or have permanent residence in either the United States or Canada. 3. Past recipients of the MLA Scholarship or the MLA Scholarship for Minority Students are not eligible.

Applications forms can be requested from the Professional Development Department of the Medical Library Association or from Return the completed forms to: Lisa Fried, Medical Library Association, Professional Development Department, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7298 to arrive by December 1, 2004.

New Edition of NLM Collection Development Manual Now Available
The National Library of Medicine announces the availability of the fourth edition of The Collection Development Manual of the National Library of Medicine (CDM).

The new Manual, which is available on the Library's web site beginning Oct. 1, 2004, was recently approved by the NLM Board of Regents.

The revised Manual reflects the complex and changing environment of health care and biomedical research. Sections on bioinformatics, molecular biology, plant science, toxicology, and biological sciences describe an increased emphasis on fundamental biological research in fields of biomedicine. New or revised statements on health services research, bioethics, public health, disaster management, biotechnology, medical humanities, biophysics, bioengineering, biomedical imaging, and neuroscience reflect increasingly interdisciplinary and collaborative areas of research and practice in health. The CDM also elaborates on the Library's collecting policy for many print and nonprint formats and literature types, such as journals, electronic resources, audiovisuals, digital images, and datasets.

Other highlights include information about the Library's historical collections, and an updating policy to ensure that the CDM remains current until the next major revision.

The CDM is available in both html and printable .pdf versions and features several navigational aids, including a document-specific search engine.

The revision was a collaborative effort, created with the advice and assistance of numerous librarians, physicians, scientists, and subject experts from NLM and the wider research community. An external Oversight Committee, appointed by NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg and chaired by Alison Bunting, provided expert advice. NLM staff who produced and edited the CDM included Becky Lyon, Duane Arenales, Judith C. Eannarino, Sheldon Kotzin, and Kate Majewski. Debra Selby provided technical support.

The URL for the CDM is:

Questions or comments about the CDM may be referred to NLM Customer Service

Judith C. Eannarino and Kate Majewski
Selection Unit, Selection and Acquisition Section, Technical Services Division, National Library of Medicine

Seize the E-Journal: Models for Archiving: Recap of the Symposium
The half-day symposium, entitled "Seize the E-Journal: Models for Archiving" and held May 26, 2004, was a true Collection Development Section (CDS) effort. The symposium, held after the conclusion of the 104th Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Washington, D.C., was sponsored by the CDS. Many Section members were involved as organizers, planners, speakers, facilitators, recorders, and attendees. We should all take credit for the success of the section-sponsored symposium that highlighted a timely topic and quickly reached its registration capacity of 100!

The objectives of the symposium were for the participants: to become familiar with current electronic journal archiving models, to discuss future-oriented collection development priorities, and to suggest electronic archival strategies for individual, organizational, consortia, and national libraries. The program included presentations by four experts on their archiving models, input from reaction panel members on the various models presented (see Appendix), a question and answer session, and finally a breakout discussion session that allowed participants to brainstorm on future archiving priorities and standards.
Symposia on collection development topics are organized by the CDS every few years. Once the proposal for the 2004 annual meeting was accepted by the MLA Continuing Education Committee, a planning committee of Section members was formed. Linda Walton and Ramune Kubilius served as co-chairs. Committee members included: Hope Barton, Lynda Hartel, Linda Hartman, Jett McCann, and Melissa Nasea. Ex-Officio Members included: Deborah Blecic, Chair, Collection Development Section; Mark Funk, Chair-Elect, Collection Development Section; Martha Bedard, Liaison, MLA Continuing Education Committee; and Kathleen Combs, Liaison, MLA Headquarters Staff. Other Section members graciously agreed to become part of the program as a moderator, panelist, on-site discussion facilitator, or recorder.
Committee member work over the months of planning included: devising the symposium program points and timeframes, recruiting speakers, finding corporate sponsors, promoting the event, working with MLA Headquarters, and staying on schedule with many other detailed tasks. Thanks to CDS web site committee members, the CDS web site was used to promote the event, and, ultimately, additional information about the presenters and links to their presentations were incorporated on the CDS web site, The "webliography" on e-journal archiving was prepared by symposium planning committee member Hope Barton. Developments editor Melissa Nasea featured articles informing Section members about the evolving program, and the event was publicized in the MLA News and on a number of MLA and other electronic discussion lists.

All in all, sponsoring an event of this kind takes much time and effort, and that is probably why MLA sections don't offer to sponsor them every year! On-site feedback from attendees and evaluation forms can and should be considered in planning future events. How did 2004 E-Journal Archiving symposium attendees evaluate the event? A Journal of the Medical Library Association special report, scheduled to be published in early 2005, will provide more detail, but here is a synopsis. 71 evaluation forms were received.

36 respondents graded the symposium "A" (some with plus or minus), 33 graded it "B" (some with plus or minus), and two forms were illegible.

Symposium Content
52 respondents felt that the symposium content was well organized, and 43 agreed that the length was appropriate.

What part of this symposium was most helpful?
In this free-text response portion of the form, approximately 40 respondents wrote favorably in general terms about the usefulness of the presentations as a whole, some in combination with breakout sessions, Questions & Answers, etc. Eleven mentioned Q& A or breakout sessions alone. Additional respondents named one speaker or highlight.

What part of this symposium was least helpful?
Responses were mixed. Some did not enjoy aspects of the breakout sessions, reaction panel, or Q & A, or their length or format. Others described specific speakers they did not enjoy.

How will you use this information when you return to your workplace?
A number of respondents felt that they needed to educate their colleagues, faculty, and library or even university administrations. Some were ready to implement an archiving initiative; some were satisfied that they had gotten background knowledge.

What else would you like to see the Collection Development Section do to enhance your understanding of archiving electronic resources?
Responses included comments such as: "Act in leadership role to develop some guiding principles for digital archiving useful to both universities and the small guy, the hospital library".

Threads that repeated themselves in the comments were: "More programming / more of the same / more of this/ present Part II in two years", "Courses on archiving- basic", "Continue to provide education", "Perhaps an intro course or teleconference".

What did we, the planning committee members, learn from planning the event? We appreciated the role MLA Headquarters staff played - they provided guidance, advice and made the contractual arrangements with hotel, speakers, and sponsors. We were gratified by the relative ease with which we were able to recruit speakers, moderator, panelists, facilitators, and recorders. Committee members learned to communicate in whichever ways were needed (teleconference calls, e-mails, etc.) to move forward with plans and meet deadlines. The efforts and commitment of each committee member were essential. Lastly, we learned that in spite of our best planning efforts, some things were not under committee member control - the hot, rainy weather of Washington, D.C. or the unforeseen changes made by the hotel in rooms designated for the Symposium! That is the advice we convey to future symposia planning committees - pick a timely topic, do the best you can in planning, and flexibility will be essential.

Ramune Kubilius and Linda Walton
Symposium planning committee co-chairs

2004 CDS Symposium
"Seize the E-Journal: Models for Archiving"

Facilitators and Panelists
Betsy Humphreys, Associate Director for Library Operations, U.S. National Library of Medicine (Moderator)
Eileen Gifford Fenton, Executive Director, Electronic-Archiving Initiative, JSTOR
Erik Oltmans, Manager, e-Depot, National Library of the Netherlands
Victoria Reich, Director, LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Resources
Edwin Sequeira, Project Manager, PubMed Central, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine

Reaction Panel
Britain G. Roth, Director, Academic Information, Geisinger Health System
Mark Danderson, Director, Sales and Business Development, New England Journal of Medicine
T. Scott Plutchak, Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama, and Editor, Journal of the Medical Library Association

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of the program:
Kluwer Academic Publishers - speaker sponsor
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. - sponsor of break refreshments
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. – speaker sponsor

Post Brandon-Hill Lists / Core Lists Meeting at MLA

At least 28 people met at MLA on May 26, 2004 to discuss life in the post Brandon-Hill lists world. The meeting was held because many groups were discussing what happens next and the groups needed to talk to each other as well as among themselves. Among the attendees were members of the Collection Development (CDS), Dental, Federal Libraries, Hospital Libraries, and Nursing and Allied Health Resources (NAHRS) Sections. MLA Executive Director Carla Funk and a representative of Section Council also attended. The meeting was chaired by Melissa Nasea of CDS.

Someone said hospital libraries need one list that combines medical, nursing, and allied health titles rather than three separate lists.

Several people discussed Doody's Core Titles in the Health Sciences that Dan Doody of Doody Enterprises proposes to release by the 4th quarter of 2004. This is to be issued annually with quarterly updates and will cover books and software in medical, nursing, and allied health specialties. It will be based upon Doody's Review Service. Content specialists will make the initial decisions and medical librarians will make the final review. Doody's Core Titles will be sold for a small fee (ca. $50) and integrated with medical book vendors' approval plans.

Someone said Doody's is slow to publish reviews. The editors select the reviewers, and librarians can volunteer as reviewers. (Another person noted that it took a long time for a Choice review to be published.)

Doody's does not cover journals but a journal vendor is considering reviewing journals.

People noted that the vendor approval plans still list "Brandon-Hill" titles, because they are listing new editions of titles that were on the last list.

It was suggested that someone might wish to do research on core journals on a particular topic.

Among the groups that have or are reviewing materials are:
• Cancer Librarians Section: books and journals
• Dental Section: books and journals
• Educational Media and Technologies Section: audiovisuals and software
• Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG: formerly had a core list
• NAHRS: nursing and allied health journals
• Pediatric Librarians SIG: books
• Rehabilitation Hospital SIG
• Veterinary Medical Libraries Section: in process
• American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Libraries/Educational Resources Section: books and journals
Most are included on the CDS web site under Subject-Based Resource Lists or Format-Based Resource Lists

We concluded that since the Doody's Core Titles in the Health Sciences will be published this year, we did not need to take further action. As it is updated quarterly, individual librarians should use it and determine its usefulness. Future discussions should take place on whether this fills the health care book and software collection development core list needs.

It was also suggested that someone consider planning a "core lists" program for the 2005 MLA meeting. The format and scope should be discussed and determined by the 2005 meeting program planning chairs of MLA sections and SIGs.

Melissa Nasea
Note: This report was previously posted to several e-lists on June 10, 2004.

After the "Post Brandon-Hill Lists / Core Lists Meeting at MLA"

So, what has happened since MLA?

The major thing has been Doody Enterprises' call for collection development librarians to serve as final selectors of core titles for medical libraries. The selectors are to review selections made by content specialists and add titles if necessary. The work will be done online. Doody plans to publish the first issue of Doody's Core Titles in the Health Sciences in the 4th quarter of 2004. If you are interested in participating as a final selector, please contact Anne Hennessy, Editor-in-Chief at Doody Enterprises ( and indicate in which specialty(ies) you are qualified to select core titles.

I am looking forward to seeing this publication which is another step in the "post Brandon-Hill list world".

Melissa Nasea

Minutes of the Collection Development Section Business Meeting
Washington, D.C. Monday May 24, 2004

Section Chair Deb Blecic called the meeting to order at 5:10 p.m. and thanked committee and Section members for their hard work during the past year. Deb announced that after the adjournment of the Business Meeting, Dan Doody will conduct an informal focus group regarding his proposal for continuing the Brandon/Hill core lists for all who are interested.

Reports from Officers and Committees:

Secretary/Treasurer Hope Barton distributed the Section's 2003 financial report, which was approved. The Section's current balance is $16,814.84. The minutes of the 2003 meeting were also approved.

Incoming Chair Mark Funk reported that the Section is participating in three programming sessions for this Washington meeting. They are:
Building Your Power Base: Collection Development in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
Cease the Power: Libraries and the Open Access Movement
Cease the Power: Returning Scientific Publishing to the Academy

Nominating Chair Linda Walton reported that Hope Barton was elected Chair Elect and Linda Hartel was elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Bylaws Chair Linda Walton reported that there was no activity this year for the Bylaws Committee. However, there will be activity this next year due to upcoming bylaws changes.

Newsletter Editor Melissa Nasea reported that two issues of the Section Newsletter Developments were published this year and she thanked members for their contributions. Melissa also mentioned that she is coordinating a multi-section discussion of the future Brandon Hill and provided date and time information.

Web Site Content Committee Chair Catherine Reiter thanked Website Editor Gin Lingle and also Suzanne Crowe. She indicated her goal this past year was to build on the work done by the earlier web task force. This included maintaining the currency of the "business" info, adding a new section on the annual (Washington, D.C.) meeting, and addressing sections on global resources and subject-based lists. Virginia Bender has agreed to serve as Web Content Chair for next year and Mark will contact her. Gin Lingle indicated she will stay on as Website Editor if needed.

Continuing Education Chair Carol Krueger indicated she's working on developing a collection development tutorial for new librarians. One or two more volunteers are needed to assist with this. It is hoped that this can be developed and put up on the Section website by October. This tutorial will not be submitted for CE credit. Judy Rieke attended the MLA Continuing Education Committee meeting. She reported there was discussion about an independent reading program which would involve reading a paper in JMLA and doing a one-page synopsis to earn one CE credit. The Committee also discussed the need to update mentoring initiatives, and this would provide a good opportunity for Section involvement. Ramune Kubilius and Linda Walton have been asked to develop an outline for a collection development CE course to be conducted in 2005.

Membership Chair Ramune Kubilius reported there are currently 161 members of our Section. There have been problems with the frequency of reporting of member information in the past and next year MLA will update this info more often. Ramune attended the New Members Breakfast and suggested we update our membership brochure and also post our brochure on the web. There was discussion of also doing more promotion of our discussion list. The MLA Membership Committee is working on developing a student discussion list and website. They are also exploring an affiliate membership category.

Linda Walton and Ramune gave an update on the Symposium to be held Wednesday afternoon. It is fully subscribed with 100 attendees signed up. We had three sponsors to help with the costs: Mary Ann Liebert, Kluwer Online, and Springer. The Symposium will not be recorded, but there will be some sort of formal wrap-up. Linda and Ramune have been approached by the Books Panel regarding the possibility of a book coming out on this.

It was reported that for various reasons the Dan Richards Prize was not awarded this year. It was agreed that we need to work hard as a Section this next year to get the Prize awarded.

Carol Krueger attended the Section Council meeting for Section representative Julie Schneider. Discussion topics included AHIP online re-certification, section standards, SIG for marketing, Section Council Directory form, and following the President's priorities.

We are one of the last sections not to have a quilt square and there was a request for a volunteer to do one. Diane McKenzie kindly volunteered to do this. Linda Walton suggested we update our logo before doing the square. There was discussion of also updating the design of our website in general and perhaps pay someone to come up with a design for us. It was recommended this discussion should be continued on our discussion list.

Mark Funk reported on the MLA Task Force on Scholarly Publishing (he is a member of this Task Force.) A variety of MLA units are represented and the group will meet tomorrow. Mark will keep us informed on this and solicit input from the Section as appropriate.

Deb Blecic reported on the May 23rd CDS Board Meeting. BJ Schorre has re-typed and updated the old Section Manual and it will be put up on the website this year. A question has come up about the Section archives and if anyone knows anything about this, they should let Deb know. In fall, Deb will call for nominees for Chair Elect and Section Council Rep Elect.

Beth Weil, a member of the Board of Directors for PLoS, brought info about PLoS Medicine. She also told the group she would be happy to answer questions and take concerns we might have forward.

Frank Mason provided a summary of the Dental Section process of developing their core list. He indicated their first list came out in 1997 and the most recent list is the 2002-2003 edition. There are 266 book and journal titles on the list, which is posted on the Dental Section website.

Nicki Carter reported on Majors' activities regarding the Brandon/Hill list. Nicki indicated they have Dorothy Hill's approval to update the list on a continuing basis.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:15.

Respectfully submitted,
Hope Barton

MLA Planning Grid
Section: Collection Development

Goal 1: Recruitment, Membership and Leadership in the Profession

Objective: Further develop the Collection Development Section Website as a resource for those interested in this specialty of health sciences librarianship.
Who, Expertise Needed: Collection Development Section Web Site Content Committee
Time Needed: Year Round
Resources Required: Section will support as needed
Product Outcome: Increased information sharing about collection development issues in health sciences librarianship
Evaluation: Feedback from members on an informal basis

Goal 2: Life Long Learning

Objective 1: Sponsor at least one section program at the MLA 2005 Annual Meeting
Who, Expertise Needed: Section Chair-Elect and Program Committee
Time Needed: Planning will be conducted over the next ten months
Resources Required: Section will support financially as needed
Product Outcome: Programs
Evaluation: Formal evaluations are provided through annual meeting

Objective 2: Design and implement an online medical collection development tutorial for librarians who are new to medical libraries or new to collection development in general.
Who, Expertise Needed: Continuing Education Committee Chair and Committee
Time Needed: Implement by Oct. 1, 2004, maintain online
Resources Required: Section will support financially as needed
Product Outcome: Online tutorial accessible from the Section's web site
Evaluation: Formal evaluations are provided through continuing education program

Goal 3: Advocacy

Objective 1: In conjunction with the Louise Darling Jury, seek to nominate a qualified candidate for the Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences
Who, Expertise Needed: Section officers and members
Time Needed: Four months – deadline is November 1
Resources Required: Section will support as needed
Product Outcome: Awarding of the medal at the MLA 2005 Annual Meeting
Evaluation: Recognition of a member for achievement in collection development and increased visibility for achievement in health sciences librarianship

Objective 2: Promotion of the Section's Daniel T. Richards Prize for a significant publication in health sciences collection development
Who, Expertise Needed: Collection Development Section Awards Chair and Committee
Time Needed: Ten months
Resources Required: Section will furnish $250.00 prize
Product Outcome: Awarding of the prize at the MLA 2005 Annual Meeting
Evaluation: Increase in the number of significant publications in health sciences collections development

Goal 4: Creating and Communicating our Knowledge

Objective 1: Publish two issues of the section's newsletter, Developments, by electronic delivery
Who, Expertise Needed: Newsletter Editor
Time Needed: Year Round
Resources Required: Section will provide support as needed
Product Outcome: Electronic delivery of newsletter
Evaluation: Feedback from members on an informal basis

Objective 2: Share individually developed collection development evaluation instruments on Section website
Who, Expertise Needed: Collection Development Section Web Site Content Committee and Section members
Time Needed: Year Round
Resources Required: Section will support as needed
Product Outcome: Increased information sharing leading to increased productivity of members
Evaluation: Feedback from members on an informal basis

MLA Satellite Teleconference on Licenses

Congratulations to Lynn Fortney and Catherine Reiter who were among the CDS members who participated in the MLA Satellite Teleconference, The Art and Practice of Electronic Journal, Book, and Database Licenses, on September 26.

Additional information is at Watch for the spring issue of Developments for another article.

More Company Acquisitions

Baker & Taylor announced on September 27 that it acquired the J.A. Majors Company. More details are at

Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library
ACRL is sponsoring an online seminar, Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library, from October 25 – November 13, 2004. Diane Kovacs is teaching the hands-on course on creating an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources. More information and a registration form are available at

Collection Development Meetings
The Collection Development Section web site includes information about a number of associations and meetings related to collection development issues. These other meetings can nicely complement larger library association meetings and can be an interesting change of pace. They may be particularly worth attending occasionally when they are held in a convenient location. Go to: Professional Resources for Librarians - Library and Information Profession: Associations / Conferences ( )

Examples of some meetings to consider in 2004 and 2005:

Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
November 3-6, 2004, Charleston, SC.
The 24th annual conference theme, "All the World's A Serial" is a bit misleading, since the 2004 Charleston Conference sessions and Lively Lunches will feature many diverse topics of interest, including: open access; core lists; institutional depositories; real costs of scholarly journal publishing; what academic authors want and fear; will we be around in the future? librarians and publishers in the 21st century; BioOne: the evolution of an alternative publishing program; getting to know the HighWire portal, etc. CDS members attending the conference are invited to attend the 4th annual "Lively Lunch" on health sciences collection development issues! The 2004 preliminary schedule lists speakers from the publishing world and library vendor and service sector, and librarians who work in many capacities. Listed conference speakers and panelists include: Jo Anne Boorkman (Univ. of California, Davis); Adam Chesler (American Chemical Society); Michael Clarke (American Academy of Pediatrics); Dan Doody (Doody Enterprises); Michael Mabe (Elsevier); Lucretia McClure (Harvard); Rene Oliveri (Blackwell Publishing); Anne Prussing (Univ. of California, San Diego - La Jolla); (Ruth Wolfish (IEEE); and many others. In recent years, health sciences librarians have "discovered" this fall conference and are among the speakers and attendees, though STM publishers have been attending the conference for years.

The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge
May 14-17, 2005, Timberline Lodge, one hour east of Portland, Oregon
The Acquisitions Conferences is the pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and collection development, now in its fifth year at Timberline Lodge. It is a small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting which focuses on the methods and madness of building and managing library collections. The deadline for submitting a proposal for a presentation is December 1, 2004.

NASIG (North American Serials Interest Group)
May 19-22, 2005, Minneapolis, MN.
The theme of the 20th annual meeting will be "Roaring into Our 20's". The 2004 annual conference, "Growth, Creativity, and Collaboration: Great Visions on a Great Lake," was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 17-20, 2004. It offered participants the opportunity to participate in sessions on the print/electronic tightrope; how journals are made; the economics of scholarly publishing; and faculty collaboration in serials collection development and management.

BookExpo America
June 2-5, 2005, New York, NY
The 2004 event was held June 3-6 in Chicago. Although predominantly attended by authors, publishers, and booksellers, this convention can be an interesting experience for librarians as well. Among the exhibitors you may encounter in the very large exhibit hall are some STM (science, technology, medicine) publishers as well as societies, and they are often pleasantly surprised to meet a health sciences librarian. The 2004 educational program included sessions on licensing, branding, e-commerce, e-books, book clubs and other topics. Presenters included high level integrated library system vendors, librarians, authors, agents, and others. This conference and its exhibit hall provide the opportunity to obtain many advance copies of books and to meet the authors.

Ramune Kubilius

CDS Officers 2004-05