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Crash Course in Collection Development


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Introduction to the Third Edition 1. Library Collections What Is a Collection? Initial Issues to Consider Types of Collections Needs, Wants, and Demands 2. The Library and Its Community Types of Library Communities The Goals of a Community Analysis Basic Steps Finishing Steps of Your Analysis 3. Collection Assessment and Evaluation The Value of Your Collection Evaluations and Assessments When to Perform a Collection Evaluation The Goal of a Collection Evaluation Starting a Collection Evaluation Collection Evaluation Techniques 4. Collection Use and Statistics for Collection Developers Why Collect Data about Your Collection? Types of Data Types of Collections Common Formulas and Measures for Collection Developers Presenting and Reporting Your Statistics 5. Collection Development Policies The Purpose of a Collection Development Policy The Ideal Collection Development Policy Are Collection Development Policies Useful in Today’s Libraries? Elements of a Collection Development Policy Before Writing Your Own Collection Development Policy Sharing Your Collection Development Policy 6. Managing Collection Budgets The Budget Cycle What You Will Need to Prepare Your Collection Budget Budget Allocations Budget Challenges Avoiding Problems by Improving Budgeting Skills 7. Selecting Library Materials Selection Philosophies Personal Preparations Before You Start to Select Popular Selection Criteria Selecting Materials Other Than Books Poular Selection Tools 8. Reviews and Reviewing Sources The Purpose of a Review A Standard Review The Limitations of a Review Finding Reviews Popular Library Review Sources 9. Acquisitions Selecting a Vendor Purchasing Basics Purchasing and Lending Models Preparing Your Order Finding the Item Types of Purchases Finishing Acquisitions 10. The Publishing Industry What Is a Publisher? The Process of Publishing a Book Various Types of Publishers Top Publishers in the World Printing Publishing Terminology The Library and Publisher Relationship 11. Collection Maintenance Deleting Material, or Weeding The Weeding Process 12. Mending and Preserving Common Misconceptions Common Problems Material Protection 13. Collection Promotion and Merchandising Why Merchandise and Promote Our Collections? Understanding User Behavior Types of Collection Merchandising and Promotion Challenges of Merchandising and Promotion 14. Handling Complaints about the Collection Complaints versus Challenges Intellectual Freedom Planning for Complaints and Challenges A Typical Complaint-Handling Process Internal Censorship 15. Collections for the Digital Age What Is an Electronic Collection? Why Electronic Collections and eBooks? Advantages of Electronic Material Disadvantages of Electronic Material Questions of Ownership Licensing and Access Basics Content Options Download Options Remote Access Considerations Electronic Selection Criteria The Digital Future Conclusion Index

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Provides tools for collection management in libraries, featuring essential strategies for inventory assessment, market analysis, budgeting, marketing, and customer service.

About the Author

Wayne Disher is a retired public library director for the City of Hemet Public Library, USA


Offers a practical, digestible guide to mainstream collection development basics

A thorough and invaluable resource for library professionals and students alike! Wayne Disher covers everything you need to know and explores new trends that professionals may encounter in collection development.
*Valerie D. Stephenson, Library Director, Southern Wasco County Library, USA*

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