Unsolicited gifts exacerbate existing space issues and backlogs, staff workflows, and collection policies. As the scope and needs of libraries continually change, the positions that might have typically managed these donations, such as gift librarians or paraprofessional staff, are no longer automatically replaced as they become vacant. In the University of Mississippi Libraries, recent technological developments such as the Getting It Started Toolkit (GIST) Gift Deselection Manager (GDM) have helped to streamline workflow by generating data that can be shared with subject librarians as well as administration.
Emanuel, M. (2014). Managing in-kind gifts with Getting It Started Toolkit’s Gifts and Deselection Manager. Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services, 38: 1-7. DOI: 10.1080/14649055.2014.941314