Collection Development and Management for 21st Century Library Collections: An Introduction

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Covering virtually every aspect of its subject, Collection Development and Management for 21st Century Library Collections is a soup-to-nuts guide perfect for students and beginning librarians, yet full of sage advice and new ideas for experienced practitioners. This landmark new text was overseen by a stellar editorial advisory board: Karen Brown (Dominican University), Kay Ann Cassell (Rutgers University), Alma Dawson (Lousiana State University), Ann O’Neill (Emporia State University), and Patricia Oyler (Simmons College). Vicki Gregory, Professor at the University of South Florida, takes a process approach to her subject, making the book easy to consult about a specific question or problem. Practical and to the point, here’s an authoritative guide to collection development and management that covers the entire gamut:

• Chapter 1:  The Impact of New Technologies on Trends in Collection Development and Management
• Chapter 2:  Needs Assessment in Collection Development
• Chapter 3:  Collection Development Policies
• Chapter 4:  Selection Sources and Processes
• Chapter 5:  Acquisitions
• Chapter 6:  Budgeting and Fiscal Management
• Chapter 7:  Assessment and Evaluation of the Collection, including Deselection (Weeding)
• Chapter 8:  Cooperative Collection Development and Resource Sharing
• Chapter 9:  Marketing the Collection and Outreach to the Community
• Chapter 10:  Legal Issues in Collection Development
• Chapter 11:  Diversity and ADA Issues
• Chapter 12:  Gifts and Exchanges
• Chapter 13:  Professional Ethics and Intellectual Freedom
• Chapter 14:  Preservation
• Chapter 15:  Future of Collection Development and Management

Each chapter includes discussion questions, activities, references, and selected readings. Special features include samples of a needs assessment report, a collection development policy, an approval plan, and an electronic materials license.

Vicki L. Gregory

Vicki L. Gregory has a M.L.S and an MA in History from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Communication, Information, and Library Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is currently a professor in the School of Information at the University of South Florida where she currently teaches Collection Development, Digital Libraries and Library Administration. She was previously Head of Systems and Operations (which included collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, serials and computer technology) at Auburn University at Montgomery. She has written several books and numerous articles and conference presentations nationally and internationally. She has also served on the ALA RUSA Notable Books Council for several years.

"A good, easily read, introductory overview of the major issues and topic areas in the discipline."

--College and Research Libraries
"This is a keeper for students to consult during their first professional positions and a handy reference for any librarian new to collection development responsibilities." 
--Library Journal