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Sudden Selector’s Guide to Communication Studies Resources
Lisa Romero
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8497-0
Publisher: ALCTS
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88 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8497-0
Year Published: 2008
AP Categories: TS

Collection development in Communication Studies can be challenging for a number of reasons. First, the field is extremely interdisciplinary. It covers subject areas such as Advertising, Communication, Journalism, Media Studies, Public Opinion Research, Public Relations, Radio and Television Studies, Speech Communication and Telecommunications. Second, in addition to including resources that address the theoretical and academic nature of Communication Studies, a collection must include resources more practical in nature which help prepare students for the mass media industry. 

This authoritative and practical guide covers the entire scope of collection development in communication studies. The author informs and guides selectors making decisions throughout the collection development process. Drawing on first-hand experience, the guide:
  • provides an overview of the subject areas within communication studies and discusses how they relate to one another
  • explains how to evaluate a collection and assess users’ needs
  • discusses the economics of the discipline and the types of materials available
  • identifies problematic issues and recommends proven solutions
  • provides an extensive list of selection tools and helpful resources
  • suggests ways to network with colleagues and develop an expertise in collection development and the subject area of communication studies
  • addresses the challenges of developing a collection that meets the needs of the academic researcher and assists in the professional preparation of future media professionals 
Additional readings and real-world examples provide a valuable perspective enabling the new or experienced subject collector with an understanding of the issues and skills necessary to become an expert in communication studies collection development. 

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
Chapter 1: Overview of the Discipline/Subject
Chapter 2: Assessing the Situation
Learning about the Communication Studies Discipline, User Needs, and the Collection
Chapter 3: Literature/Economics of the Discipline
Chapter 4: Types of Materials
Chapter 5: Developing an Expertise in Collection Development
Chapter 6: Selection Tools

About the Author

Lisa Romero is an Associate Professor and Head of the Communications Library at the University of Illinois. She is founder and former chair of the American Library Association Communication Studies Committee and the ALA Electronic Resources in Communication Studies Committee, editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly’s Newly Released column, editor of Resources for College Libraries’ Journalism and Communication section and author of numerous scholarly journal articles. She has consulted extensively on the evaluation of the academic journalism library collection and numerous communication studies resources and databases. Ms. Romero served as Chair of the ALA, Association of College and Research Libraries, Education and Behavioral Sciences Section during the 2006/07 term. She holds an MLS from the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Comprised of nearly 4,000 members from across the United States and 42 countries from around the globe, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the premier resource for information specialists in collection development, preservation, and technical services. We are the leader in the development of principles, standards, and best practices for creating, collecting, organizing, delivering, and preserving information resources in all forms.