Carmelita Pickett

Professional Responsibilities

Director of Collection Development Operations & Acquisitions Services

The Director of Collection Development Operations is responsible for leading a department comprised of 25 fte. Her responsibilities include communicating the direction and balance of collections while working closely with vendors to secure fair pricing for digital content to enhance the research and teaching at Texas A&M University.  She monitors, analyzes, and recommends library materials budget allocations, which support the curricula needs of Texas A&M University.  She exercises leadership in the creation of policies that govern collection acquisition activities and provides direction for resource development opportunities for the TAMU System Library Consortium.


  • MLS, North Carolina Central University
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


  • Texas A&M University, 2003-2005; 2008 to present
  • Emory University, 2005-2008
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, 2000-2003



Stephens, Jane, David Hubbard, Carmelita Pickett and Rusty Kimball. "Citation Behavior of Aerospace Engineering Faculty". Journal of Academic Librarianship. v.39:6 (2013) 451-457.

Pickett, Carmelita, Simona Tabacaru and Jeanne Harrell.  “E-Approval Plans in Research Libraries”. College & Research Libraries. Accepted for publication November 5, 2012. Anticipated Publication Date: March 2014. Preprint available:

Kimball, Rusty, Jane Stephens, David Hubbard, and Carmelita Pickett. “Citation Analysis of Atmospheric Science Publications by Faculty at Texas A&M University. College & Research Libraries. Accepted March 31, 2012: Anticipated Publication Date: May 2013.  Preprint available:

Pickett, Carmelita. “Eliminating Administrative Churn: The "Big Deal” and Databases Subscriptions". Serials Review. v. 37:4 (2011) 258-261. This research article documents the adaptation of "Big Deal" principles to acquire database subscriptions (Proquest Comprehensive).

Smith, Steven, Carmelita Pickett. “Avoiding the Path to Obsolescence: Riches to Rags tales in the retail business hold lessons for libraries”. American Libraries  September/ October (2011).  This article summarizes the current business models that recently failed and cautions libraries to understand their missions and the user experience while utilizing technologies appropriately.

Pickett, Carmelita, Jane Stephens, Rusty Kimball, Diana Ramirez, Joel Thornton, and Nancy Burford.  “Revisiting an Abandoned Practice: The Death and Resurrection of Collection Development Policies”. Collection Management. v.36:3 (2011) 165-181.  This study documents how Texas A&M University Libraries embraced the ambitious task of resurrecting written collection development policies, and assessed the current state of collection development, and links Vision 2020 to the overall strategic planning for collections in the library.

Reynolds, Leslie, Carmelita Pickett, Wyoma vanDuinkerken, Jane Smith, Jeanne Harrell, and Sandra Tucker.User-Driven Acquisitions: Allowing Patron Requests to Drive Collection Development in an Academic Library”.  Collection Management. v.35:3&4 (2010): 244-254. This article summarizes the Suggest a Purchase program and includes a survey of user and librarian perceptions of this service.

Pickett, Carmelita.  “Black Studies Scholarship and Its Coverage in Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science”.  Collection Management. v.34:4 (2009):260-275. This study analyzes the coverage of black studies journals as compared to women's studies journals in Web of Science, Academic Search Complete, and ArticleFirst. This study also examines black studies bibliographies and directories to identify journals that are suitable for inclusion in Journal Citation Reports and consequently Web of Science and evaluates seven black studies journals using the Thomson Reuters journal selection process. ** This research article was listed in the Journal of Academic Librarianship’s Guide to the Professional Literature (v. 36 no.2 March 2010).  This guide is a selective summary of articles, books, and reports that the editors feel would be of greatest interest to the academic librarians.

Forte, Eric, Cathy Chiu, Sherri Barnes, Sherry Dedecker, Gary Colmenar, Carmelita Pickett, Sandy Lewis  and Cecily Johns.  “Developing a Training Manual for Collection Managers”.  Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services.  v. 26 (2002): 299-306.  Article examines collection manager training at the University of California Santa Barbara. It describes a new program for training collection managers, and the “Collection Manager’s Manual”, which includes policies and procedures for subject specialists.


Select Encyclopedia Articles



Pickett, Carmelita. “Bayard Rustin.” Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press, 2007.

______________. “Black Conservatism.” Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press, 2007.

____________. “Black Power.” Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press, 2007.

______________. “Disenfranchisement.” Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press, 2007.

______________. “Ghettoes.” Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press, 2007.

_______________. "Fannie Lou Hamer." Encyclopedia of African American Society. Sage Publications, 2005.

_______________. “Federal Writers’ Project.” Encyclopedia of African American Society. Sage Publications, 2005.

_______________. “Marcus Garvey.” Encyclopedia of African American Society. Sage Publications, 2005.

_______________. “A. Philip Randolph.” Encyclopedia of African American Society. Sage Publications, 2005.

_______________. “Rosewood.” Encyclopedia of African American Society. Sage Publications, 2005.

________________. “Zeta Phi Beta.” Encyclopedia of African American Society. Sage Publications, 2005.

Select Reviews

Encyclopedia of AfricaReference Reviews. Emerald Group Publishing: 2011: Vol 25 (1), p.58. 

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database: VoyagesReference ReviewsEmerald Group Publishing: 2010: Vol 24 (5), p. 65.

MAAP: Mapping the African American Past.  Reference Reviews.  Emerald Group Publishing: 2009: Vol 23(7), p. 52-53.

African American National Biography. Reference Reviews. (2009) Emerald Group Publishing: Vol.  23(4), p.47.

Latinas in the United States. Reference Reviews. Emerald Group Publishing: 2008. Vol 22 (3), p.53-54.

Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and RebellionReference Reviews. Emerald Group Publishing: 2008 Vol 22 (2), p.18-19. Reference Reviews.  Emerald Group Publishing: 2007. Vol. 21 (8), p.48-49.

Black Studies Center. Reference Reviews. Emerald Group Publishing: 2006.  Vol. 20(7), p. 18-19.

Black Short FictionReference Reviews. Emerald Group Publishing: 2005. Vol 19 (6), p 26- 27.



Land Grant Consortia. ALCTS Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries. Seattle, WA, 2013.

University Accessibility Policies: E-Resources and Compliance with Federal Law. ALCTS Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries. Anaheim, CA, 2012.

Collection Development at Texas A&M Libraries: An Overview. University of Nebraska Lincoln. Lincoln, NE, June 2011.

Implementing an E-Preferred Approval Plan: Assessing Duplication. Acquisitions Institute. Timberline Lodge, Oregon, May 2011.

Black Studies Scholarship in Academic Libraries: Journals, Discovery Tools & Tenture. National Council of Black Studies. New Orleans, LA,  March 2010.

Representation of Black Studies Journals in ISI Journal Citation Reports Social Science Edition. ARL Research Presentation for Auburn University Libraries. Auburn, AL, December 2007.

Preparing Engaged Scholars A Symposium on Faculty/Library Partnerships and Inquiry-Driven Education. Emory University.  Atlanta, GA, September 2007.

Beyond Our Border VI: The Global Impact of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in the United States and Mexico. RESI. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, June 2004.

Professional Affiliations

Advisory Board Member for Proquest Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience

Advisory Board Member for HistoryMakers IMLS Grant, 2010-2013

American Library Association

Association for Library Collections and Technical Services

  • Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries Interest Group (Chair Elect), July 2012- June 2013

Association of College and Research Libraries

  • African American Studies Section (Past Chair)

Association for the Study of African American Life & History


              Association of Former Students Distinguished Librarianship Award, September 2013

              Big XII Faculty Fellowship, 2011



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