Collaborative Collection Development: A Practical Guide for Your Library

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They say two heads are better than one, and nowhere is this more evident than in the possibilities that grow out of libraries collaborating on collection development. To encourage these synergies requires systematic planning, selecting appropriate partners, and a long-term commitmentfrom all parties. In this authoritative and practical guide, three leaders whose institutions have successfully collaborated for a decade share their expertise so others can incorporate their winning strategies. They explain the theoretical principles along with real-world strategies and results from their own experiences and from other consortial projects.

For those libraries, both public and academic, interested in stretching limited budgets, Collaborative Collection Development provides the keys to:

  • Expanding your collection
  • Improving user access
  • Sharing scarce resources
  • Overcoming barriers to partnering
  • Addressing economic issues
  • Creating a framework for success
  • Promoting and publicizing to attract new users

Building from these successful collaborations, librarians, directors, administrators, managers, deans, and team leaders will find practical planning models that include research, budgeting, promotion, and evaluation. This comprehensive guide contains all the checklists, case studies, sample agreements, and references needed to facilitate collaborative initiatives.

James Burgett

James Burgett, PhD, MLS, is the collection development coordinator at the University Libraries at the University of Kentucky at Lexington where he also serves as team leader for collection services. He chairs the Academic Library Council of Kentucky, Collection Development Group. He represents the University of Kentucky on the collections committee of Kentucky's statewide virtual library (KYVL) and is co-editor of the Reference Reviews Europe Annual.

John Haar

John Haar, PhD, MLS, is associate university librarian and associate director of the Central Library at Vanderbilt University. He is a key participant in conceiving, planning, and implementing collaborative collection development with the Universities of Kentucky and Tennessee. He was chair of the Center for Research Libraries Group that created a map for international cooperative collection development projects. He is chair of the Collection Development and Management Section of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.

Linda L. Phillips

Linda L. Phillips, MLS, is head of collection development and management at the University Libraries at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she is also a professor. She is a member-at-large of the Collection & Management Development Section for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services of ALA and member of the Library Resources & Technical Services editorial board.