KU invited publishers to submit front list and backlist titles as well as journals which were then subjected to a selection process by the Title Selection Committee, a group of 40 librarians from 12 countries around the world. The shortlist is made up of the most suitable books and journals for the programme – which are defined as those with the widest global appeal and relevance. 

Around 950 titles were submitted to KU Select 2017 from  60 publishers. Libraries have given us the feedback that they cannot budget for a larger collection than the current size at the moment. Therefore, as the collection size is to remain at around 350 books (343 titles in KU Select 2017), a high rejection rate was needed. Members of the Title Selection Committee were nominated by KU participating libraries.

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