Making a Collection Count

A Holistic Approach to Library Collection Management


  • Holly Hibner, Plymouth District Library
  • Mary Kelly

Making a Collection Count connects the various pieces of library collection management, such as selection, cataloguing, shelving, circulation and weeding, and teaches readers how to gather and analyze data from each point in a collection’s life cycle. Relationships between collections and other library services, such as reference, programming, and technology, are also explored. The result is a quality collection that is clean, current, relevant, and useful, and which connects and highlights various library services.
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Library staff who have collection management duties; Department Managers and Library Directors who oversee collection management staff


Book information

  • Published: September 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-606-7

Table of Contents

Life cycle of a collection; Collection audit and using statistics; Physical inventory; Creating collection objectives and benchmarks; Collection organization; Making the most of a library collection budget; Everything is connected.