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Friday, November 4 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
From the Concept to Results: A Case Study on the Collection Development for the ODC - Opening Day Collection at Qatar National Library

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"A library collection should fit the mission for which it is created. The number of books it holds does not determine its worth." (E. J. Loveland, 2000)

If so, how do we create a National Library and how do we build its collection from scratch? Since 2012, when the plans for the new national library were announced, Qatar National Library (QNL) envisioned as carrying out its mission to: "spread knowledge, nurture imagination, cultivate creativity, and preserve the nation's heritage for future generations."

This presentation will focus on the 3 years' experience of selection, acquisition, and processing of library materials, in a perspective of achieving the Opening Day Collection. We would like to share a preliminary outcome of building a library collection in Arabic, English, and other languages in record time; facing challenges in negotiations (long-term vendors and single sources), logistics (building a library collection without a building), and business culture (visions, working style in a Middle East Business culture/context). We will discuss our various acquisition methods (i.e., blanket and firm orders, donations, gifts and exchanges, Spot purchases from Book Fairs, personal contacts, etc.), highlighting both the challenges and the rewards. General statistics and timelines will be provided to elucidate the intended target and achievements to date. The systems used to support this mission are also highlighted with details enough but not to compromise aspects necessary for future significant milestone reports of QNL. It is expected that the QNL acquisitions program will more than meet its intended targets for the ODC.

Attendees should come away with an understanding of the issues and processes related to the acquisitions of international materials. In addition, we hope to generate a discussion with the audience about alternative experiences and processes in creating a library collection from the scratch.

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Katarzyna Dudek

Acquisitions Librarian, Qatar National Library
Katarzyna is the Acquisitions Librarian at Qatar National Library located in the Education City, Doha, Qatar. As a member of the Technical Services and Acquisition department, her primary responsibilities include collection assessment, ordering and processing all types of library... Read More →
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Henry Owino

Information Resources Manager, University of New England

Friday November 4, 2016 11:35am - 12:15pm EDT
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401