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Sudden Selector’s Guide to Chemistry Resources
Elizabeth Brown for ALCTS
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8591-5
Publisher: ALCTS
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102 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8591-5
Year Published: 2012
AP Categories: TS
Even the most savvy selector knows there are challenges in creating and maintaining a balanced collection, and for new selectors in the field of chemistry, the obstacles may seem insurmountable. Not so! This volume in the Sudden Selector’s series provides valuable strategies and insights for both the new and seasoned selector. Elizabeth Brown shares her wealth of experience as a chemistry librarian, both conceptual and practical:
  • the organization and practice of chemistry
  • analysis of existing collections
  • research habits of chemists
  • resource lists covering classic texts to core journals and series
  • visual tools and chemical nomenclature
  • selection strategies and fund management
  • current awareness
The volume is packed with specific and timely examples, and will benefit any selector with responsibility for chemistry collection development.
Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview

Chapter 1. Chemistry and Chemists
Main Subdivisions of Chemistry
Interdisciplinary Research Areas
Who Uses Your Chemistry Collection?

Chapter 2. Analyzing and Maintaining a Chemistry Collection
Finding the Strengths of Your Collection
Challenges in Collecting Materials
Communicating Effectively with Chemists to Facilitate Collection Building

Chapter 3. Keeping Up to Date
Professional Library Organizations
Tools, Links, and Selection Aids

Chapter 4. The Print Chemical Literature
Monographs and Book Series
General Treatises
Print and Online Handbooks
Publishing Output and Cost Data
Core Chemistry Research Journals
Conference Proceedings

Chapter 5. Specialized Chemistry Research Tools
Chemical Research Literature
Specialized Literature Formats
Technical Reports
Preprints and Preprint Servers
Naming and Nomenclature
Chemical Structure Searching
Spectroscopic Information
Laboratory Practice in Chemistry
Chemical Safety Data

Chapter 6. Chemistry Approval Plans
Approval Plan Vendors
Publisher Lists
Reviewing Existing Approval Plans
Reviewing Nonsubject Parameters
Collection Statistics and Selection
Anticipating Future Collection Trends

Chapter 7. General Selection Advice
Time Management Strategies
Fund Management: Yearly Planning and Budgeting
Setting Selection Priorities and Criteria
Collaborating with Peers and Patrons
Deselecting and Transferring Materials
Planning for Future Growth

Appendix. Core Chemistry Journals Organized by Subdiscipline

About the Authors

Elizabeth Brown is Scholarly Communications and Library Grants Officer and Chemistry, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Mathematical Sciences, Materials Science Librarian at Binghamton University Libraries in Binghamton, New York. Brown hopes that this guide will help demystify chemistry collection building and information sources and will serve as a virtual librarian for those who don't have easy access to one.

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.


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