Running head: INTERVIEW REPORT: TERRI SUMMEY 1Interview Report: Terri Summey Erin Colby Emporia State University
INTERVIEW REPORT: TERRI SUMMEY 2 Introduction For this assignment I interviewed Terri Summey; one of the collection developmentlibrarians at Emporia State University’s William Allen White Library in Emporia, Kansas. Terrigraduated from Dana College, then went on to attend the University of North Texas and receivedher master’s in library science. She also received a master degree from Emporia State in history.Currently Terri is head of access services, and children’s services, and is the collectiondevelopment librarian for the Biology, Physical Education, Children’s Services, and InstructionalDesign and Technology Departments. Along with that, Terri also teaches a class on print andelectronic resources for the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State.Her everyday duties consists of supervising library employees, ordering books, and maintainingthe book collections she in charge of. At WAW Library the types of patron Terri interacts withmost are college students, (both undergraduate and graduate students) and the professors in thedepartments mentioned previously. Interview Staff Terri works closely with all of the WAW Library staff. Along with daily communicationwith her co-workers, Terri often interact with the collection development team, which consists of9 other librarians who are in charge of maintaining several different collection, meet on a bi-weekly basis to discuss any issues that have come up. Terri stressed the importance of thesemeetings because all of the collection development librarians are dealing with the same issues, sobeing able to hear different methods of dealing with those issues is crucial and it helps her makedecisions on how and where she spends her budget each year.
INTERVIEW REPORT: TERRI SUMMEY 3Budget Terri has a certain amount of money allocated to her for each school she buys books for,and once the money is gone it is gone for good. Even with the budget cuts in other areas heryearly budget for collection development has not been cut but it has not increased either in atleast 5 years. Consequently, Terri has to make tough decisions regarding what books she buys.There are a number of items that influence what materials she purchases each year; she looks atthe curriculum being taught, faculty requests, and book costs. Lastly, Terri said that she has acertain amount of “standing orders” which are books that are ordered automatically each year.These orders increase in cost each year, so she also has to take that into account when lookingfor books to purchase. Once she knows how much is being spent on standing orders, she startslooking at books to purchase. She wants to get the most for money, so her decision to purchase abook relies heavily on the cost of the book.Collection Development Before purchasing any books Terri consults several difference resources. First, Terrieither attends a department meeting or e mails all of the professors in the departments she is incharge of and asks them if there are any books they would like to see added to the collection. Shealso completes a collection assessment of the resources she has. If she notices an area that isweak, she will specifically look for books in that area to make the collection more robust. Otherparts of her collection assessment include making sure that each area she is in charge of is as up-to-date as possible, and weeding out books that are not being used. Terri said the she does notweed that often, but it is still an important part of maintaining the library’s collection. Once shehas the recommendations from the professors and analyzes the current collection, she consults
INTERVIEW REPORT: TERRI SUMMEY 4amazon.com to get an idea of the price and reviews of the books she might be interested inpurchasing. She also looks at publisher magazines and books in print. The resource that Terriconsults the most when researching book titles is Choice Academic Review because she feels thatthis resource is the most current, authoritative, concise, and easy to use of all the variousresources available. Terri also discussed the increased use of technology, specifically e-readers,among her patrons and how it affects her purchasing decisions. Even though there are a lot ofreasons to purchase e-books the fact that there are not enough students who use e-readers on aregular basis, in her opinion, does not warrant the purchase of a large amount of e-books at thistime. Furthermore, contrary to my expectation Terri said that e-books are more expensive than aphysical book. When it comes to the purchase of magazine publications however, Terri wouldrather have an online subscription Terri would rather have an online subscription even if the costis higher, due to strong student preference for this format. Personal Value Statement I thought the interview with Terri was very useful to my development as a librarian. Shehas been a collection development librarian for almost 20 years so she has a lot of knowledgeabout how to develop and maintain a collection. Even though I will not be an academic librarianI will still use a lot of the same methods she does when purchasing books. The importance ofanalyzing your collection and communicating with other faculty member is something that I willtake with me and implement in my library. I found that I had many misconceptions about how she purchased materials and whattypes of materials she purchased. With the prevalence of technology in our everyday lives, and
INTERVIEW REPORT: TERRI SUMMEY 5the current trend of libraries leaning more towards purchasing electronic resources I thought thatTerri would be purchasing more electronic materials for the library then she actually does. Mybelief that electronic books and magazine publications were less expensive than actuallyreceiving a physical copy of the book was also wrong. When I have my library this will also besomething that I will have to look at closely when I have to purchase books. There are so manydifferent types of librarians, but the things that remain the same is that we are in charge ofmaking sure our library has the best materials possible for our patrons, no matter what.