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Collection Building

Tasks

The responsibilities of the Collection Building Department include:

Head and Deputy Head of Department

  • future development and enhancements of the collection development policy (Grundsätze des Bestandsaufbaus)
  • coordination of the library’s acquisitions
  • coordination of agreements with suppliers
  • overall responsibility for the functional support of the local library system (LBS/ACQ) and the digitisation software Goobi
  • future developments of cataloguing rules and standards which are discussed on the regional union catalogue’s and the national level
  • all cataloguing issues and subject indexing of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
  • coordination of the cooperation with the regional union catalogue and authority files

In detail, the responsibilities (usually corresponding with individual subdivisions) are:

Coordination of Acquisitions

  • communication with suppliers and organisation of information on relevant resources, both print and electronic
  • pre-order decisions (e.g. decision about the supplier) and ordering via the local library system
  • coordination of decisions concerning the acquisition and additional collection building concerning electronic resources, cooperative acquisition and official publications

Monograph Processing

  • Acquisition, cataloguing and processing of publications (monographs, multivolume sets, series and non-book materials) in western languages published from 1913 onwards including catalogue editing work and catalogue enrichment
  • standardising the library’s workflows for accessioning, (catalogue/metadata) editing and digitisation

Periodicals

  • acquisition, cataloguing and catalogue editing work for print and e-journals in western languages published from 1701 onwards
  • administration of all print and e-journals including the supervision of the journal stacks and lending of unbound issues

Preservation

  • organisation of the binding for new acquisitions and of repairing the main holdings

Accounting

  • dealing with the invoicing for acquisitions and item maintenance
  • compilation of statistical data concerning the library’s acquisitions