Kevin Yezbick, a student at the Wayne State University library program and a staff member of the Farmington (MI) Community Library writes this on collection development:
A friend of mine in the WSU program was conversing with me about collection development - and how do we empower the patrons...At FCL - if there's a new book a patron wants - we'll order it. That's how some of our collection development is done. Then there are the patrons who make donations of their books to the library - many of which we don't need - and wind up reselling at the Friends of the Library Book sale station. My friend was dreaming of a tool that would enable patrons to purchase books for the library that they wanted the library to have - and be put on the hold list for that item automatically. Now - books are already purchased by the patrons through the library funds -- but she wanted to see how patrons could purchase books specifically that they wanted...over and above taxes and whatnot. It's an interesting thought -- though how feasible it is is another thought...This would involve the patrons avoiding yet another interaction -- but it screams of convenience and service nonetheless. The likelihood is low.