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 subject.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 169.93 x 244.09 x 10.41mm | 350g
  • Woodhead Publishing Ltd
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1876938137
  • 9781876938130
  • 800,052

Table of contents

About the author
Note on the revised edition
Chapter 1: The changing collection management environment

What is collection management?
Collection development and collection management
Is 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 drawbacks
What should a collection development policy contain?
A separate collection development policy for digital resources?
Creating the collection development policy
Alternatives to a collection development policy

Chapter 3: Selection of hardcopy and digital materials

What is selection?
Selection of different categories of materials
Print monographs
Print serials
Audiovisual materials
Digital materials
Who selects?
Aids to selection
Input from library staff and from users of the collection

Chapter 4: Acquisitions and licensing

Status of acquisitions
What does acquisitions work involve?
Before the order is placed
While the order is in progress
After the ordered item arrives
Skills and knowledge required in the acquisitions department
Bibliographic knowledge
Knowledge of the book trade
Ability to evaluate library suppliers
Ability to negotiate licences
Ability to assess automated system requirements
Financial skills
Managerial skills
People skills
Gifts and exchanges
Outsourcing acquisitions
The changing acquisitions environment

Chapter 5: Evaluating the hardcopy and digital collection

What is collection evaluation?
Why evaluate the collection?
Planning and conducting collection evaluation
Methods of collection evaluation
Evaluating digital collections

Chapter 6: Preservation and deselection

Preservation in libraries
The preservation challenge and print
The response
Preservation of audiovisual materials
Preservation of digital materials
What is deselection?
Why deselect?
Why resist deselection?
Criteria and methods for deselection
Serial cancellation exercises
Disposal of deselected material
Deselecting electronic materials

Chapter 7: Cooperation in collection management

Reasons for cooperating
Barriers to successful cooperation
The Distributed National Collection in Australia
Cooperative collection management and digital resources
Open access and institutional repositories

Chapter 8: The future of collection management
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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 Information
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About John Kennedy

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