Making a Collection Count

Making a Collection Count

A Holistic Approach to Library Collection Management

1st Edition - September 1, 2010

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  • Authors: Holly Hibner, Mary Kelly
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346067
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630397

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Description

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.

Key Features

  • Offers practical applications for collection librarians and managers who are practitioners in the field. It is more than just a theoretical discussion of collection quality and collection management because useful, realistic advice is offered
  • This is not a book about collection development. It is unique in that the focus is on collection quality: making the most of a library collection budget, performing physical inventory, and gathering/using data and statistics about collections
  • Broad, international appeal to various library types: public, academic, school, and special

Readership

Library staff who have collection management duties; Department Managers and Library Directors who oversee collection management staff

Table of Contents

  • List of figures

    About the Authors

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    Chapter 1: Life cycle of a collection

    Collection management policies

    Selection: staff collaboration

    Purchasing/Acquisitions

    Processing

    Shelving

    Use

    Check-in

    Weeding

    Conclusion

    Chapter 2: Understanding your workflow

    Selection

    Purchasing/Acquisitions

    Processing

    Shelving

    Circulation

    Weeding

    Workflow analysis improves efficiency

    The critical questions

    Chapter 3: Collection audit and using statistics

    Auditing the library collection

    Statistics

    Chapter 4: Physical inventory

    Making physical inventory a regular practice

    Developing a plan

    Shelf list

    What you will discover

    ILS features for inventory

    Why should staff spend time on physical inventory?

    Chapter 5: Creating collection objectives and benchmarks

    Vision statements and mission statements

    Collection management policies

    Collection objectives

    Creating benchmarks

    Holistic benchmarking: overall collection performance

    Chapter 6: Collection organization

    Physical space

    Classification systems

    Ergonomics

    Signage

    Displays

    Conclusion

    Chapter 7: Making the most of a library collection budget

    Vendors

    Alternate funding sources

    Formats

    Sharing

    Collection philosophy

    Chapter 8: Everything is connected

    Holistic library service

    How staff impact collections in a holistic library

    How staff impact the facility

    How staff impact technology

    Connections to other library services

    Evaluating library services holistically

    Conclusion

    Appendices

    Appendix A: Public library collection management policy

    Appendix B: Strategic content negotiation for the small library

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 190
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: September 1, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346067
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630397

About the Authors

Holly Hibner

Holly Hibner
Holly Hibner received an MLIS from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1999. She is the Adult Services Coordinator at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan.

Affiliations and Expertise

Plymouth District Library

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly
Mary Kelly received an MLIS from Wayne State University in 2002, and also has an MBA from Wayne State. Mary is an Adult Services Librarian at the Plymouth District Library.

Affiliations and Expertise

Plymouth District Library

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