Collection Development Policies: New Directions for Changing Collections

1st Edition

Daniel C Mack

Published December 9, 2003
Reference - 182 Pages
ISBN 9780789014719 - CAT# HW14591

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Get the tools you need to build a collection development policy that will help your library run efficiently—today and in the future!

Considering the amount and variety of topics being published, effectively organizing and guiding a library in today’s accelerated world is no easy task. Collection Development Policies: New Directions for Changing Collections is the contemporary librarians guide to building or revising a first-rate collection development policy. In this up-to-date book, experts in the field take you step-by-step through the publishing process from writing an initial draft to applying the official copy. Find out what did and did not work in their own practices and get the tools you’ll need to tackle any obstacles you may encounter.

Collection Development Policies: New Directions for Changing Collection covers a variety of topics—including pricing policies and remote storage facilities—without leaving out the traditional concerns of space and funding. This valuable book also addresses the needs of specialized collections with information on acquisition policies for contemporary subjects collections and building subject specific policy statements. Experienced professionals examine the stability of the electronic resources market and explain how the impact of technical services is redefining the access, collection, and cataloging of libraries.

Collection Development Policies also provides examples of collection policies currently in use. Read about:
  • the subject specific policy statements of Schreyer Business Library and the women’s studies collection at Pennsylvania State University
  • Berkeley’s Collection Development Policy (CDPS) and the factors hindering its revision
  • the creation and revision of St. John’s University’s collection development policy
  • Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science’s term project and syllabus—and how it can be applied to functioning libraries
  • the Association of Research Libraries’ Web pages—and how they have been influenced by the electronic management revolution
Collection Development Policies: New Directions for Changing Collection is a valuable resource for anyone selecting and acquiring library materials, maintaining a library collection, or building a collection development policy. The information in this book will help you organize your library collection in a manner that will be beneficial not only to you, but to your clients as well.


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