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University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Collection Overview: USF St. Petersburg Library Collection Overview


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Christine Dunleavy
Manager, Collection Development & Technical Services

Office: POY 213
Phone: (727) 873-4718

Collection Overview

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg holds approximately 266,719 items, excluding periodicals, microfilm and microfiche, some archival materials, and electronic resources, as of July 1, 2010.

Total Monographs        238,013

Video all formats             7,916

Sound recordings            1,421

Manuscripts                      211

Musical scores                  121

Slides                                 6 sets

Software, computer files     117

Maps                               903

IMC, Kits                          298

Juvenile books                8,360

Non-periodical series        9,354, including continually updated resources, all formats; serial publications, all formats

Areas of Collection strength include marine science, ethics, journalism, Florida history, business management, social sciences, and the general liberal arts, including literature, education, history, philosophy and religion. Goals for development of collections include strengthening holdings in anthropology, education, world languages, and environmental sciences, and developing materials to support a planned undergraduate pre-health education program.

For more information about our collections please see USF Libraries Collection Development Guide.

Collection Services is responsible for the following:

Collection Assessment & Analysis:

  • Providing discipline and subject-specific reports on the library’s collection
  • Providing analysis of the overall strengths and weaknesses of the collection
  • Analyzing holdings to identify material for de-selection
  • Analysis of serial and periodical subscriptions by format to identify the need for strategic cancellations, renewals and additions
  • Analyzing and describing current levels of collection activity
  • Supporting programmatic and regional accreditation

Collection Development

  • Coordinating library liaison selection activities
  • Providing standard bibliographies, recommendations and guidance to faculty and library liaisons
  • Selecting materials in all formats to enhance and develop collections
  • Developing collections to support new programs, new courses and new faculty
  • Receiving and evaluating gifts and working with donors to acquire materials
  • Creating and maintaining collection development policies

Coordination of Library Liasons (Subject Specialists)

Library faculty collaborate with teaching and research faculty to select and deselect library materials, developing library collections in areas of their expertise. For a list of subject area experts and their areas of responsiblities and contact information: