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Sudden Selectors Guide to Business Resources
Robin Bergart and Vivian Lewis
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8414-7
Publisher: ALCTS
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88 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8414-7
Year Published: 2007
Selectors gain most of their knowledge on the job, which might provide some small comfort to those librarians who find themselves plunged into the world of business, perhaps even unexpectedly. The purpose of this book is to help the sudden selector through the first few months of a new position. It is a guide to becoming a competent selector of business resources and all that it entails: joining associations, finding mentors, monitoring electronic discussion lists, and of course, learning how to select materials for your business librarians with solid advice on learning user information needs, building a network of colleagues, becoming familiar with their collection, and getting equipped with effective selection tools.

This "Sudden Selector" guide is part of a new series from the Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS) of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division of the American Library Association. The series is designed to help library workers become acquainted with the tools, resources, people, and organizations that can help them develop collections in new or unfamiliar subject areas.
Table of Contents

Chapter 1:
Getting down to business—Strategies for getting started as a new business selector

Chapter 2: Getting up to speed—strategies for current awareness

Chapter 3: Selection Tools

Chapter 4: The Special Case of Online Databases

Chapter 5: From Crisis to Confidence—Advice from a Seasoned Selector

About the Author
Doug Litts, Series Editor, is the Library Director of the Corcoran College of Art + Design/Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. He has a MA in Art History from New York University and a MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. He has been active in ALA ALCTS for 9 years and is the co-author of Guide to Review of Library Collections: Preservation, Storage and Withdrawal, 2nd ed.

Robin Bergart and Vivian Lewis are librarians at two academic libraries in Southern Ontario. Robin started her library career as a “sudden selector” in charge of the business collection at the University of Guelph. With no business education or experience in collection development of business resources, she sought out advice and expertise from more seasoned business librarians at nearby academic libraries—which is how Robin met Vivian.

Prior to her appointment as Associate University Librarian at McMaster University, Vivian held the position of Business Librarian at McMaster‘s Innis Library (which serves the needs of the DeGroote School of Business). Before coming to McMaster, Vivian held several appointments in special libraries and research centers in the financial sector.