Building a Special Collection of Children's Literature: A Guide to Identifying, Maintaining, and Sharing Rare or Collectible Items

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$46.00
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$ 41.40
Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0726-9
Published: 
1998
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
182
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
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  • About the Author
  • Reviews

Within every library collection lie hidden treasures: temoprarily lost or simply unnoticed books and resources just waiting to be rediscovered. Building a Special Collection of Children's Literature in Your Library details how to unearth and share these valuable items with interested patrons.

ALSC and Dolores Blythe Jones, curator of the renowned de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi, have assembled leading special collections librarians to create a guide for finding and sharing every library's secret treasures. Experts explain how creating a special collection can add fun and excitement to a librarian's everyday tasks.

In this engaging resource, curators and staff of established special collections offer advice that extends beyond books to toys, comics, and even audiovisual materials for children. They expound on every aspect of maintaining a collection, from fundraising and achieving financial goals to establishing policies and making the collection accessible.

Introduction
1 Special Collections of Children's Material: An Overview
2 Collection Development
3 Appraising Rare and Collectible Children's Books
4 Cataloging for Special Collections
5 Special Considerations of Original Materials
6 Preservation and Security
7 Using Children's Literature Special Collections
8 Funding Special Collections
9 Public Relations and Programming
10 Friends Groups
Contributors
Index

Dolores Blythe Jones

Dolores Blythe Jones, the editor, is the curator of the renowned de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.

"This book is readable and well organized and can certainly be recommended both for use in the library school curriculum and for the youth services librarian looking for professional development on the topic of special collections in children's literature."
—JOYS

"...a valuable guide to libraries considering whether to establish or continue support for a special collection."
—School Library Journal

"These pithy, practical and well-written essays are a most timely addition to a topic of growing interest."
—Feliciter

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