Selecting Materials for Library Collections

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Selecting Materials for Library Collections takes you step-by-step through the process of planning, building, and maintaining a quality library collection. This timely guide addresses the interests and concerns of academic and public libraries with expert advice on budgets, policies, and planning. The book examines print, non-print, and Internet selection resources, including the OCLC WorldCat Database and ACQNET-L. It also looks at approval plans, the New Thought movement, international core title acquisition, selection techniques for a variety of specialty libraries -- and more -- to help you keep any collection relevant and up-to-date!
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Ellen G. Detlefsen, DLS (University of Pittsburgh)
Description: This is a reprint of a special journal issue (The Acquisitions Librarian, nos. 31/32, 2004). As such, it is a collection of essays by practicing professionals about collection development issues in a variety of subject domains. Six of the 18 essays are directly relevant to medicine, addressing selection issues for dental sciences, nursing, public health, exercise/sport science, and interdisciplinary mental health materials, as well as a general essay on collection development in academic medical libraries.
Purpose: The editor cites the need for "practical up-to-date library literature on selection" and has chosen the articles to reflect "practice rather than training," and the experiences of "librarians active in selection work." These essays do come from experienced professionals and reflect the "how I do it good in my library" approach to practical situations. It is debatable if a hardcover book is needed to cover these tips and ideas, as they are constantly subject to change. Librarians in medical settings might do as well to find the nearest copy of the original Haworth Press journal, and request copies of the one or two essays that are most pertinent to their own collections.
Audience: The book is directed to librarians across the spectrum of practice and in a wide variety of libraries. The various authors are expert in their fields, but the usefulness of the title for health sciences librarians is limited to the six essays that focus on specialized areas of medical library collections.
Features: The six chapters of interest cover current collections development policy, concerns, and practical tips in the subspecialty areas of dental science in the academic library; nursing; public health; exercise, sports and leisure studies; interdisciplinary mental health; and a very general chapter on collection development in the smaller academic medical library. The other 12 chapters cover topics of little interest to medical and health sciences librarians (economics, Chinese studies, maritime science, genealogy and local history, art, literature, Native American resources, etc.)
Assessment: The book may well be appropriate for library science collections in large libraries that support LIS education, but it is of tangential interest to medical libraries in general. Those libraries with collections in the specialty areas covered in essays in this book may want to read one or more of the articles. It is not a textbook on collection development, but it is a useful compendium of practical advice for doing selection in some specialized fields.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789015204
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Acquisitions Librarian Series
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Dilemmas in Balancing a University Literature Collection (David Isaacson)

Selection of Music Materials (Stephen Luttmann)

Selecting and Acquiring Art Materials in the Academic Library: Meeting the

Needs of the Studio Artist (Elizabeth A. Lorenzen)

Native American Resources: A Model for Collection Development (Rhonda

Harris Taylor and Lotsee Patterson)

Selecting and Acquiring Library Materials for Chinese Studies in Academic

Libraries (Karen T. Wei)

Routes to Roots: Acquiring Genealogical and Local History Materials in a

Large Canadian Public Library (Arthur G. W. McClelland)

Building a Dental Sciences Collection in a General Academic Library (Eva

Stowers and Gillian Galbraith)

Nursing: Tools for the Selection of Library Resources (Janet W. Owens)

Acquisitions for Academic Medical and Health Sciences Librarians (Susan


Collection Development in Public Health: A Guide to Selection Tools (Lisa

C. Wallis)

Selection in Exercise, Sport and Leisure (Mary Beth Allen)

Collection Development in a Maritime College Library (Jane Brodsky


Collecting the Dismal Science: A Selective Guide to Economics Information

Sources (Deborah Lee)

Collection Development Challenges for the 21st Century Academic Librarian

(Susan Herzog)

Crossing Boundaries: Selecting for Research, Professional Development and

Consumer Education in an Interdisciplinary Field, the Case of Mental Health

(Patricia Pettijohn)

Retrospective Collection Development: Selecting a Core Collection for

Research in "New Thought" (John T. Fenner and Audrey Fenner)

Stop the Technology, I Want to Get Off: Tips and Tricks for Media Selection

and Acquisition (Mary S. Laskowski)

The Approval Plan: Selection Aid, Selection Substitute (Audrey Fenner)


Reference Notes Included

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