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This book represents an ongoing effort to fill the void in the library literature relating to collection development policies. The authors, whose experience each spans four decades as library educators and practitioners, created the book—as well as a forthcoming companion volume devoted to school libraries—to assist both library school students and professionals in the field in the compilation, revision, and implementation of collection development policies. Cutting edge trends such as digital document delivery and library cooperation are also covered. Furthermore, given the premise that a well-rounded policy reflects all activities concerning the collection management process—including the evaluation, selection, acquisition, and weeding of information resources—it is hoped that this work will also prove useful to non-librarians possessing some kind of stake in high quality library holdings, such as library board members, politicians, and administrators directly responsible for library operations, and institutional patrons.

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Editorial Reviews

College & Research Libraries News
...examines the typical elements in collection policies (such as evaluative criteria, resource sharing statements, and acquisition methods) and offers many examples of each from academic and special libraries. A section on virtual collections (electronic resources and resource sharing) discusses the issues involved with nontraditional acquisitions.
Reference and Research Book News
Hoffmann (library science, Sam Houston State University) and Wood (director of libraries, U. of South Alabama, Mobile) compile a guide for students and librarians on collection practices, incorporating issues and methods spawned by the internet and electronic publishing. The focus is on university, public, and special libraries; a similar book on school libraries is forthcoming, and both are scions of the 1996 Library Collection Development Policies: A Reference and Writer's Handbook. The first part focuses on creating a "blueprint" for a library's holdings. The second part (which includes a chapter by Jane Pearlmutter on resource sharing) looks at developments in electronic collections. The volume incorporates samples, contact information for libraries whose policies were quoted in the book, and intellectual freedom statements and forms.
Reference and User Services Quarterly
The book is well organized and easy to excellent resource for both beginners and experienced collection management professionals....This volume would be a valuable addition to the professional collections of academic, public, and special libraries and is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810851801
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Good Policy Good Practice Series, #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank W. Hoffmann is professor of library science at Sam Houston State University. He has worked in libraries in Indiana, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania and has written over thirty books relating to librarianship and popular music, including more than a dozen titles for Scarecrow Press. Richard J. Wood is director of university libraries at the University of South Alabama and was formerly the director of university libraries at the Citadel and Sam Houston State University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Preface Part 3 Introduction Part 4 PART 1: COMPONENTS OF COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICIES Chapter 5 1. Introduction to Collection Development Policy Components Chapter 6 2. Purpose Statements in Policies Chapter 7 3. Background Statements in Policies Chapter 8 4. Responsibility Statements in Policies Chapter 9 5. Mission, Goal, and Objective Statements in Policies Chapter 10 6. Target Audience Identification in Policies Chapter 11 7. Budget Allocation and Funding Statements in Policies Chapter 12 8. Evaluative Criteria Identified in Policies Chapter 13 9. Format Statements in Policies Chapter 14 10. Government Publication Sections in Policies Chapter 15 11. Treatment of Specific Resources Identified in Policies Chapter 16 12. Special Collection Statements in Policies Chapter 17 13. Resource Sharing Statements in Policies Chapter 18 14. Services Identified in Policies Chapter 19 15. Selection Aids Identified in Policies Chapter 20 16. Copyright Statements in Policies Chapter 21 17. Intellectual Freedom Statements in Policies Chapter 22 18. Acquisition Methods Identified in Policies Chapter 23 19. Gift and Exchange Statements in Policies Chapter 24 20. Collection Maintenance Identified in Policies Chapter 25 21. Weeding Statements in Policies Chapter 26 22. Collection Evaluation Sections in Policies Chapter 27 23. Policy Revision Statements in Policies Chapter 28 24. Definition of Terms and Glossaries in Policies Chapter 29 25. Bibliographies in Policies Chapter 30 26. Appendixes in Policies Part 31 PART 2: VIRTUAL COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT Chapter 32 27. Introduction to Virtual Collection Development Chapter 33 28. Policy Components for Online Electronic Resources Chapter 34 29. Discussion of Recent Issues Chapter 35 30. Sample Policies Chapter 36 31. Resource Sharing in the Digital Age: An Integrative Perspective Part 37 Appendix A: Inventory of Excerpted Library Policies Part 38 Appendix B: Intellectual Freedom Statements and Forms Part 39 Bibliography Part 40 Index Part 41 About the Authors

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