Collection Management book cover

Collection Management

A Concise Introduction

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.


Paperback, 192 Pages

Published: June 2006

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-876938-13-0


  • ...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


  • The changing collection management environment; Formulating policy - the written collection development policy and alternative approaches; Selection of hardcopy and digital materials; Acquisitions and licensing; Evaluating the hardcopy and digital collection; Preservation and deselection; Cooperation in collection management; The future of collection management.


advert image