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Collection Development Strategies


Maggie Z. Saponaro

Director of Collection Development Strategies

Phone: 301-314-1499

John Novak

Collection Development Strategies Librarian

Phone: 301-405-9054

Sam O'Donnell 

Collection Development Strategies Graduate Assistant

Phone: 301-405-9322


Areas of Activity

  • Identify and select materials, regardless of format to be purchased for the library's collection.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the campus faculty.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of subject collections systematically in order to provide written assessments of library holdings to support the instructional and research programs of the campus.
  • Formulate and implement collection development policies.
  • Review incoming materials from all sources, including approval plans and gifts and exchange.
  • Participate in the solicitation of gift materials.
  • Prepare and monitor the materials budget for the University Libraries.


Selection of Materials

The collections of the Libraries represent a vast variety of formats and languages, including books, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, and information resources in electronic format. Collection Managers with designated subject responsibilities select these materials to provide direct support for the instructional and research programs of the university.


Collection Development Policies