Gifts - Staff Procedures
1. Get donor's name, phone number, address before accepting any items (see gifts form linked below)
2. Interview. A preliminary interview with the donor might determine:
- The subject focus of the materials and/or collection; any
special features (first, special, or numbered editions, signed
- The age of the material
- Size of the gift, in terms of volumes, or estimate
- The condition of the material, where they have been stored,
- Provenance, who-other than the donor--has owned this material
before? (Important as part of the evaluation of the collection's history
and potential use and disposition)
This information, when recorded, will help the librarians make a decision
as to the collection's suitability, and it will also help the Technical
Services staff anticipate and plan for any impact accessioning and
preparing the collection for use will have on workflow, supplies, etc.
Advance offers (telephoned, e-mailed, letter)
Urge the donor to fill out the gifts
form, requesting a brief entry bibliography or scope note.
(This list can help in determining whether a donation, or any part,
should be accepted in the first place. It can also go on file with a
copy of the letter of thanks and serve as a record as well as a tool for
publicity or other uses.)
- Notify the staff ahead of time that a gift is coming and how
large it will be. The kind of information noted down during the
interview or in correspondence would help here.
- Address prioritization/timing issues. When will the materials
have to be made available?
- Impact on TS budget (large donations):
Staff time, student time
Supplies (barcodes, covers, special preservation supplies)
Outsourced processing (binding, deacidification)
updated October 16, 2006