eMpowering Acquisitions for mediated selection

An examination of the issues arising from implementation of a mandated e?preference collection policy for mediated and unmediated selection at a university library, this paper identifies the additional functionality and services needed from publishers, acquisitions vendors and integrated library systems providers to support the full span of collection development activities in a digital world. Issues discussed include reaction from clients, variation in publication lag time between formats, limited vendor support for mediated digital acquisitions, management of client and library staff expectations, incorporation of patron selections, importance of involving acquisitions staff in workflow redesign, and effect on performance targets.