Collection Management - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781876938130, 9781780634142

Collection Management

1st Edition

A Concise Introduction

Authors: John Kennedy
eBook ISBN: 9781780634142
Paperback ISBN: 9781876938130
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 1st June 2006
Page Count: 192
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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • About the author
  • Note on the revised edition
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The changing collection management environment
    • What is collection management?
    • Collection development and collection management
    • Is collection management still needed?
  • Chapter 2: Formulating policy – the written collection development policy and alternative approaches
    • What is a collection development policy?
    • Why have a collection development policy?
    • Difficulties and drawbacks
    • What should a collection development policy contain?
    • A separate collection development policy for digital resources?
    • Creating the collection development policy
    • Alternatives to a collection development policy
  • Chapter 3: Selection of hardcopy and digital materials
    • What is selection?
    • Selection of different categories of materials
    • Print monographs
    • Print serials
    • Audiovisual materials
    • Digital materials
    • Who selects?
    • Aids to selection
    • Bibliographies
    • Reviews
    • Advertisements
    • Input from library staff and from users of the collection
  • Chapter 4: Acquisitions and licensing
    • Status of acquisitions
    • What does acquisitions work involve?
    • Before the order is placed
    • While the order is in progress
    • After the ordered item arrives
    • Skills and knowledge required in the acquisitions department
    • Bibliographic knowledge
    • Knowledge of the book trade
    • Ability to evaluate library suppliers
    • Ability to negotiate licences
    • Ability to assess automated system requirements
    • Financial skills
    • Managerial skills
    • People skills
    • Gifts and exchanges
    • Outsourcing acquisitions
    • The changing acquisitions environment
  • Chapter 5: Evaluating the hardcopy and digital collection
    • What is collection evaluation?
    • Why evaluate the collection?
    • Planning and conducting collection evaluation
    • Methods of collection evaluation
    • Evaluating digital collections
  • Chapter 6: Preservation and deselection
    • Introduction
    • Preservation in libraries
    • The preservation challenge and print
    • The response
    • Preservation of audiovisual materials
    • Preservation of digital materials
    • What is deselection?
    • Why deselect?
    • Why resist deselection?
    • Criteria and methods for deselection
    • Serial cancellation exercises
    • Disposal of deselected material
    • Deselecting electronic materials
  • Chapter 7: Cooperation in collection management
    • Introduction
    • Reasons for cooperating
    • Barriers to successful cooperation
    • The Distributed National Collection in Australia
    • Cooperative collection management and digital resources
    • Open access and institutional repositories
  • Chapter 8: The future of collection management
  • Glossary
  • Index


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.




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...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

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