1st Edition

Acquisition in Different and Special Subject Areas

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ISBN 9780789022905
Published October 20, 2003 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Book Description

Learn how acquisitions librarians successfully serve specialized users!

In this book, you’ll find profiles, methods, and processes for acquisitions in specialized subject areas, such as local and regional poetry, oceanography, educational information in electronic formats, popular fiction, regional and ethnic materials, and more. Seasoned acquisitions librarians share their experiences in gathering the hard-to-find materials their libraries’ highly specialized clients need to access. You’ll also examine issues surrounding the acquisition of new reference tools that are vital in today’s emerging electronic environment.

With Acquisition in Different and Special Subject Areas, you’ll examine:

  • methods of ferreting out local and regional poetry—from Daniel Veach, editor/publisher of the Atlanta Review
  • the acquisition process in a specialized institution devoted to oceanography—from Elizabeth Cooksey of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
  • how to acquire regional and ethnic materials for your library collection
  • a practical guide to the acquisition of material from an African country (based on the author’s experience in the West African nation of Benin)
  • acquisition of Web-based educational materials
  • acquisitions in the expanding area of popular fiction
  • an acquisition librarian’s mission to the multilingual nation of India, where she assessed the acquisition possibilities for the new India Studies program at Indiana University
Special libraries can exist in corners of large public or university libraries or they can be independent. They can be large and populated by hundreds of staff, or very small, staffed by one person. The defining characteristic of a special library is that its clientele is specialized. Acquisition in Different and Special Subject Areas brings together the voices of acquisitions librarians serving a wide variety of fields to guide you through the acquisitions process in their areas of concentration. It is a book that no budding or experienced acquisitions librarian should be without!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The World-Music Web: Using the Internet to Find Regional and Ethnic Recordings
  • Acquiring Reference Tools: Some Thoughts on Current Issues
  • Out to Sea But with a Rudder: Acquisitions Advice for the Solo Science Librarian
  • Special Acquisitions: Collecting African Materials
  • Providing Access to Sources for India Studies at Indiana University Libraries: Piecing a Quilt
  • Popular Fiction Collections in Academic and Public Libraries
  • A Local Habitation and a Name
  • Education Information on the World Wide Web: Opportunities for Collection Management in the Electronic Environment
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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