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.



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


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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