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Friday, November 6 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
How to Tweak - Or Maybe Completely Overhaul - an Approval Plan

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Franklin & Marshall College is a small undergraduate institution with a FTE of approximately 2,400 students. The library has been using a university press (mostly) approval plan with YBP since the 1990s and the time has come to reconsider the parameters of the current plan. Two subject-specific plans are working well but the larger plan is bringing in titles that are out of scope for the college’s curriculum.

Using the Franklin & Marshall College example, this presentation will discuss the approval plan revision process. Various methods will be highlighted, as well as local and vendor-supplied resources to facilitate designing the best plan for your library.

Some Items that will be discussed:

Current concerns

Possible solutions

The process

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Patricia Adams

Sr Collection Development Manager, YBP Library Services
Former academic acquisitions and serials librarian currently specializing in monographic acquisitions and collection development, including print and ebook approval plans, demand-driven acquisitions, workflow support and simplification.

Thomas Karel

Collection Management Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College
I have been an academic librarian for 37 years, working in reference, government documents, and collection development. Since 1995 I have also been an adjunct faculty member in Drexel University's library and information science program.

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