Reference Collection Development: A Manual: RUSA Occasional Paper #27

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The second edition of this popular title has been completely revised to account for the many changes in reference services since 1992. The recent proliferation of electronic products including periodical indexes, standard reference tools, and full text materials are having a serious impact on reference budgets. Because of the impact of electronic products, a new section on electronic reference sources has been added.

The manual is intended to serve as a guide for producing collection development policies for reference collections serving adults in academic and public libraries. The manual includes a checklist for writing a reference collection development policy; a model policy in outline, with illustrative examples; and a bibliography. By providing examples of existing policies from both academic and public libraries, the manual provides a unified procedure for developing a policy.

The model policy covers the statement of objectives; location of the collection; scope of coverage/breadth of the collection; format of materials collected; electronic reference sources; subject descriptions; types of reference materials; selection responsibilities; criteria for selection, updating and weeding; and external relationships.

Statement of Purpose
1. Checklist for Writing a Reference Collection Development Policy
2. A Model Policy in Outline, with Illustrative Examples
3. Reference Collection Development Policies

Alice J. Perez

Alice J. Perez is bibliographer/reference librarian at the University of California, San Diego. She worked with members of the RUSA/CODES Reference Collection Development and Evaluation Committee to produce the Manual.

"Provides a model development statement accompanied by illustrative examples from academic and public library policies online."—C&RL News, December 2004