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1st Edition

Selecting Materials for Library Collections

ISBN 9780789015211
Published July 2, 2004 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

Strategies and tools to help you plan, build, and maintain your library collection!

Selecting Materials for Library Collections takes you step-by-step through the process of planning, building, and maintaining a quality library collection. This up-to-date guide addresses the interests and concerns of academic and public libraries with expert advice on budgets, policies, and planning. The book examines print, non-print, and Internet selection resources, including the OCLC WorldCat Database and ACQNET-L. You’ll find valuable information you can apply right away to help you keep any collection relevant and up-to-date!

Selecting Materials for Library Collections provides the tools you need to keep your library collection current. Seasoned experts share their thoughts on how to analyze your users’ expectations and then provide them with the materials they need. The contributors also examine the selection aids that they use in their own acquisitions work and then look at how to achieve a balanced collection that efficiently serves their clients’ needs. Supplementary reading lists and extensive bibliographies provide you with additional resources.

Selecting Materials for Library Collections presents the latest information on:

  • using print, non-print, and Internet selection resources such as OCLC WorldCat database and ACQNET-L
  • initial collection assessment and decision making
  • collection tool evaluations
  • acquiring international core titles
  • the New Thought movement
  • approval plans—set-up, maintenance, and evaluation
  • the newest technology for media selection
  • specialized library collections in music, art, business, economics, health, sports, leisure, and more

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Dilemmas in Balancing a University Literature Collection (David Isaacson)
  • Selection of Music Materials (Stephen Luttmann)
  • Selecting and Acquiring Art Materials in the Academic Library: Meeting the Needs of the Studio Artist (Elizabeth A. Lorenzen)
  • Native American Resources: A Model for Collection Development (Rhonda Harris Taylor and Lotsee Patterson)
  • Selecting and Acquiring Library Materials for Chinese Studies in Academic Libraries (Karen T. Wei)
  • Routes to Roots: Acquiring Genealogical and Local History Materials in a Large Canadian Public Library (Arthur G. W. McClelland)
  • Building a Dental Sciences Collection in a General Academic Library (Eva Stowers and Gillian Galbraith)
  • Nursing: Tools for the Selection of Library Resources (Janet W. Owens)
  • Acquisitions for Academic Medical and Health Sciences Librarians (Susan Suess)
  • Collection Development in Public Health: A Guide to Selection Tools (Lisa C. Wallis)
  • Selection in Exercise, Sport and Leisure (Mary Beth Allen)
  • Collection Development in a Maritime College Library (Jane Brodsky Fitzpatrick)
  • Collecting the Dismal Science: A Selective Guide to Economics Information Sources (Deborah Lee)
  • Collection Development Challenges for the 21st Century Academic Librarian (Susan Herzog)
  • Crossing Boundaries: Selecting for Research, Professional Development and Consumer Education in an Interdisciplinary Field, the Case of Mental Health (Patricia Pettijohn)
  • Retrospective Collection Development: Selecting a Core Collection for Research in “New Thought” (John T. Fenner and Audrey Fenner)
  • Stop the Technology, I Want to Get Off: Tips and Tricks for Media Selection and Acquisition (Mary S. Laskowski)
  • The Approval Plan: Selection Aid, Selection Substitute (Audrey Fenner)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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