Health Sciences Collection Management for the Twenty-First Century

Health Sciences Collection Management for the Twenty-First Century

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In Health Sciences Collection Management for the Twenty-First Century, readers learn about best practices and also the big picture and the deeper changes that affect decision making. Chapter contributors and stories about different libraries' experiences provide unique perspectives to topics and demonstrate the thoughtfulness of today's health sciences collection management librarians.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 158 x 238 x 28mm | 599g
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1442274212
  • 9781442274211
  • 864,693

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Health Sciences Publishing Environment - T. Scott Plutchak
One Library's Story: Putting Together a Collection to Support a New Medical School - Elizabeth R. Lorbeer and Joseph A. Costello
Chapter 2: Managing a health sciences collection - Susan E. Swogger
One Library's Story: Duke University Medical Center Librarians Learn to Embrace Weeding Projects - Emma Cryer Heet
Chapter 3: Managing a Collections Budget - Steven W. Sowards and Joseph J. Harzbecker, Jr.
One Library's Story: Creating and Sustaining a Hospital Library Consortium for Purchasing Online Journals - Kathleen Strube
Chapter 4: User-Oriented Collection Assessment - Linda A. Van Keuren
One Library's Story: All or Nothing: The University of California Walks Away from ClinicalKey - Sarah McClung, Rikke Sarah Ogawa, and Bruce Abbott
Chapter 5: Collaborative collection management - Esther E. Carrigan, Nancy G. Buford, and Ana G. Ugaz
One Library's Story: Building a Texas-Sized Shared Print Repository - Esther E. Carrigan, Nancy G. Burford and Ana G. Ugaz
Chapter 6: Discovery of the Health Sciences Collection - Susan K. Kendall
One Library's Story: Supporting a Reimagined Medical School Curriculum with Targeted Library Collections and Licenses - Iris Kovar-Gough
Chapter 7: Usability and Accessibility for Health Sciences Collections - Jessica Shira Sender and Heidi M. Schroeder
One Library's Story: Developing Accessibility Procedures for Purchasing Materials at the Michigan State University Libraries - Heidi M. Schroeder
Chapter 8: Data Considerations for Collection Development Policy and Practice - Lisa Federer
Chapter 9: The Hunt of the Unicorn: Collection Development for Special Collections in Health Sciences Libraries - Stephen J. Greenberg
Chapter 10: The Future of Health Sciences Collection Management - Susan K. Kendall
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Collection development is one of those library tasks that takes place behind the scenes, infrequently noticed by faculty and rarely noticed by students at all. Hidden or not, collection development is essential to an academic or health sciences library. In this well-written book, Kendall (Michigan State Univ. Libraries) has assembled contributions from 20 librarians experienced in collection development. Chapters cover everything a librarian should know about the process, including general management, budget, policy development, collaborative and consortium purchases, assessment, weeding, and more. Of special interest are the real-life scenarios written by librarians from a variety of institutions who are actively involved with collection development. The projects undertaken by these libraries include developing a medical library from the ground up, major weeding projects, creating a hospital library consortium for online journal purchases, and several other topics. This text would be an excellent resource for a new health sciences librarian tasked with collection development, and would also provide a refresher for a seasoned veteran looking at best practices.

Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and professionals. * CHOICE * This comprehensive overview will benefit both new and experienced librarians. All aspects are covered: selecting, budgeting, negotiating, assessment, collaborating, discovery, and cancelling. Interspersed case studies offer valuable real-world insights. Background information will be extremely useful for educating administrators. Highly recommended. -- Mark Funk, associate director for Resources Management (retired), Weill Cornell Medical Library
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About Susan K. Kendall

Susan K. Kendall, PhD., MS(LIS), is the coordinator for Health Sciences at the Michigan State University Libraries, East Lansing, Michigan. She has managed collections for the biological sciences for 15 years and coordinated collections for the health sciences for 11 years. She has served on the editorial board of the journals, Collection Management, Journal of the Medical Library Association, and Biomedical Digital Libraries and has published several book chapters, articles, and reviews.
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