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Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, Third Edition
Peggy Johnson
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1191-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $85.00
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568 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1191-4
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, Z

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In this sweeping revision of a text that has become an authoritative standard, expert instructor and librarian Peggy Johnson addresses the art of controlling and updating library collections, whether located locally or accessed remotely. Each chapter offers complete coverage of one aspect of collection development and management, including numerous suggestions for further reading and narrative case studies exploring the issues. Thorough consideration is given to
  • Traditional management topics such as organization of the collection, weeding, staffing, and policymaking
  • Maintaining productive relationships with vendors and publishers, and other important purchasing and budgeting topics
  • The effects of rapidly changing information delivery and access technologies, the evolving needs and expectations of library users, and new roles for subject specialists
  • Marketing, liaison activities, and outreach
  • Scholarly communication
Johnson offers a comprehensive tour of this essential discipline and situates the fundamental ideas of collection development and management in historical and theoretical perspective, bringing this modern classic fully up to date.
Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface to the Third Edition

Introduction to Collection Management and Development

Organizational Models, Staffing, and Responsibilities

Planning, Policy, and Budgets

Developing Collections

Managing Collections

Marketing, Liaison Activities, and Outreach

Collection Analysis: Evaluation and Assessment

Cooperative Collection Development and Management

Scholarly Communication

Appendix A
Professional Resources for Collection Development and Management
Appendix B 
Selection Aids
Appendix C 
Sample Collection Development Policy Statements

About the Author

Peggy Johnson is a frequent speaker and trainer on collection development and management. She has published several books, including ALA Editions’ Developing and Managing Electronic Collections: The Essentials, and numerous journal articles. She edited the peer-reviewed journal Library Resources & Technical Services for more than nine years and continues to edit Technicalities: Information Forum for the Technical Services Professional. She teaches as an adjunct professor in the MLIS program at St. Catherine University. Prior to retiring from the University of Minnesota Libraries, she served as associate university librarian. A past president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, she received the ALCTS Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

”Must now be considered the essential textbook for collection development and management …the first place to go for reliable and informative advice."
— Technical Services Quarterly

”[Peggy Johnson] has made significant contributions to the field, and introduces new concepts by building on the context of the past … This resource is a must have for institutions with library and information science programs, and practicing librarians and information paraprofessionals in all types of libraries."

”This new introduction to our technology-driven field proves as comprehensive as it promises to be at the outset ... Had I read this while I was an LIS student, the case studies in particular would have better prepared me for the decisions I make every day."
— Collection Management

”A solid overview of all aspects of collection development ... It not only delves into the mechanics of developing and managing a collection, but also discusses the administration aspect."
— Journal of Academic Librarianship

”Could well serve as an authoritative textbook … this text offers a comprehensive introduction to put any new collections librarian on the right path."
— Library Resources & Technical Services
Reviews of the Second Edition

“Johnson offers a comprehensive tour of this essential discipline and situates the fundamental ideas of collection development and management in historical and theoretical perspective.”

"The volume can definitely be of use to a wide variety of librarians in almost any type of institution, and should be considered essential reading for the collection development professional."
--Internet Reference Services Quarterly

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