Document Type



Purpose – Seeks to describe how Lied Library has responded to a rapid increase in the number of new academic programs and degrees at UNLV resulting from new strategic initiatives and tremendous growth of the university's student population during the past four years. Design/methodology/approach – The authors focus on the role of the Collection Development (CD) department in the university's approval process for new academic programs and the role of subject librarians in assessing how well the Libraries' collection meets the demands of new programs proposed by faculty. Findings – Detailed descriptions are provided of the process used by subject librarians and CD to develop the tools and guidelines necessary to assess library collections in support of new academic programs. Practical implications – Provides information and a model for other libraries and subject bibliographers to use when developing library collection assessment processes and guidelines. Originality/value – Provides practical information and tools for subject bibliographers and CD departments responsible for performing collection assessment reports for library administrators and/or university officials as new academic programs are proposed.


Academic libraries; Academic program growth; Collection assessment; Collection development; Lied library; University of Nevada; Las Vegas


Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science

UNLV article access

Search your library