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Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections
Carol A. Singer
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1153-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $62.00
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184 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1153-2
Year Published: 2012
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J, Z

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Whether a library’s reference collection is large or small, it needs constant attention. Singer's book offers information and insight on best practices for reference collection management, no matter the size, and shows why managing without a plan is a recipe for clutter and confusion. In this very practical guide, reference librarians will learn
  • The importance of collection development policies, and how to effectively involve others in the decision-making process
  • New insights into selecting reference materials, both print and electronic
  • Strategies for collection maintenance, including the all-important issue of weeding
This important new book will help librarians make better reference decisions, aligned to customer needs and expectations, especially significant with today’s limited budgets.

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Table of Contents


1 Reference Collection Fundamentals    
2 Reference Collection Development Policies    
3 Staffing Models for Reference Collection Management    
4 Selecting Reference Materials    
5 Acquisitions, Budgets, and Licenses    
6 Collection Maintenance    
7 Weeding the Reference Collection    
8 Reference Collection Development and Consortia    
9 Discovery and Access


About the Author

Carol A. Singer is a reference and instruction librarian at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. One of her primary responsibilities is coordinating the development and management of the reference collection. Her research has focused on reference collections and services, as well as government publications. She is the author of many articles and the editor of Docs Prescriptions, the newsletter of the Government Documents Round Table of Ohio. Singer earned her master’s degree in library science at Indiana University.

"Useful for both the novice librarian and those with many years of experience."
--Serials Review

"The language is precise and lucid. It is a very useful, comprehensive, up-to date and readable book for all those charged to develop, maintain and serve reference collection in a library."
--Library Herald, Delhi Library Association

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