Access Decisions: The Kabir Collection

Where to place materials for users to access? With about ten research libraries, several residential program libraries, and the Auxillary Library Facility, it can be hard to decide where to place materials for user access. A bulk of my tasks as an intern have surrounded collection development, from working with new materials every day, I can confidently say the hardest part of the process is deciding a resource’s final destination.

Over the summer, Karen traveled to London and met with Nasreen Munni Kabir, an Indian film critic looking sell her collection of books and film scripts. IU Libraries bought a portion of her rare film scripts, Filmfare magazines, and books. The first shipment of materials arrived a few weeks ago, and we’ve just finished processing the materials before tech services catalogs the materials. We came across several music reference books covering Bollywood film songs and rather than make them available for checkout at Wells, music reference items are sent to the reference section in the Music Library. We look at the WorldCat records to compare holdings across the world, and within the U.S. A large portion of the items are not held by less than five academic libraries in the U.S. Due to the rarity those items are put under “ALF Restrict.” If users wish to access these materials, the books will be sent to the secure reading room at Wells Library where the user can access the materials for research. We hesitated to designate so many materials as “ALF restrict.” However, with rare materials, the risk for loss is higher. How and when does the restrict label affect access?

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