Collection Management

Collection Management : A Concise Introduction

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The rapidly increasing reliance on digital rather than print-based resources has not diminished the importance of library collection management, but it has required significant modification in the thinking and the practice of collection managers, who today usually have to consider their clients' need for both print-based and digital materials. This updated edition aims to provide a concise overview of the major elements of contemporary collection management of print and digital resources - including policy formulation, selection, acquisition, evaluation, preservation, deselection, and cooperative collecting - in a way which aims to be of interest to the student and to any other reader seeking an understanding of a particularly dynamic area of librarianship.Much that has been previously published on collection management focuses on academic libraries, particularly those in North America. This book places greater emphasis on the experiences of smaller public and special libraries, and attempts to view its subject from the perspective of libraries in Australia and other countries geographically remote from North America and Western Europe. Dr John Kennedy has taught collection management at Charles Sturt University for over a decade and has produced several previous publications on the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 12mm | 322.05g
  • Woodhead Publishing Ltd
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1876938137
  • 9781876938130
  • 692,775

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...will be valued both as a textbook and as a work of ready reference., Australian Academic and Research Libraries...provides a useful and comprehensive introduction to collection management, and should prove a worthwhile read for those beyond Australia too.... Overall this is a well-written and readable overview of collection management that will inform those new to the subject., Dr G. Matthews - Education for Informationshow more

About John Kennedy

Dr. John Kennedy has taught Collection Management at Charles Sturt University, Australia, for over a decadeshow more

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsAbout the authorNote on the revised editionIntroductionChapter 1: The changing collection management environment What is collection management?Collection development and collection managementIs collection management still needed?Chapter 2: Formulating policy - the written collection development policy and alternative approaches What is a collection development policy?Why have a collection development policy?Difficulties and drawbacksWhat should a collection development policy contain?A separate collection development policy for digital resources?Creating the collection development policyAlternatives to a collection development policyChapter 3: Selection of hardcopy and digital materials What is selection?Selection of different categories of materialsPrint monographsPrint serialsAudiovisual materialsDigital materialsWho selects?Aids to selectionBibliographiesReviewsAdvertisementsInput from library staff and from users of the collectionChapter 4: Acquisitions and licensing Status of acquisitionsWhat does acquisitions work involve?Before the order is placedWhile the order is in progressAfter the ordered item arrivesSkills and knowledge required in the acquisitions departmentBibliographic knowledgeKnowledge of the book tradeAbility to evaluate library suppliersAbility to negotiate licencesAbility to assess automated system requirementsFinancial skillsManagerial skillsPeople skillsGifts and exchangesOutsourcing acquisitionsThe changing acquisitions environmentChapter 5: Evaluating the hardcopy and digital collection What is collection evaluation?Why evaluate the collection?Planning and conducting collection evaluationMethods of collection evaluationEvaluating digital collectionsChapter 6: Preservation and deselection IntroductionPreservation in librariesThe preservation challenge and printThe responsePreservation of audiovisual materialsPreservation of digital materialsWhat is deselection?Why deselect?Why resist deselection?Criteria and methods for deselectionSerial cancellation exercisesDisposal of deselected materialDeselecting electronic materialsChapter 7: Cooperation in collection management IntroductionReasons for cooperatingBarriers to successful cooperationThe Distributed National Collection in AustraliaCooperative collection management and digital resourcesOpen access and institutional repositoriesChapter 8: The future of collection managementGlossaryIndexshow more

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