Making a Collection Count

Making a Collection Count

A Holistic Approach to Library Collection Management

2nd Edition - October 31, 2013
  • Authors: Holly Hibner, Mary Kelly
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780634418
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843347606

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Description

Library collection management is a vital part of any library’s operations. Making a Collection Count takes a holistic look at library collection management, connecting collection management activities and departments, and instructs on how to gather and analyse data from each point in a collection’s lifecycle. Relationships between collections and other library services are also explored. The result is a quality collection that is clean, current, and useful. The second edition includes expanded information on collection metrics, digital collections, and practical advice for managing collections effi ciently when time and resources are tight. It also includesmore real-life examples from practicing librarians in areas such as workflow analysis, collection budgets, and collection management techniques. Chapters cover the life cycle of a collection, understanding workfl ow and collecting metrics. Physical inventory, collection objectives and bookmarks, as well as collection organization, collection budgets and marketing collections are also discussed.

Key Features

  • Focusses on collection quality
  • Offers practical applications for collection librarians and managers
  • Relevant for different 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

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    Chapter 1: Life cycle of a collection

    Abstract:

    Collection management policies

    Selection

    Purchasing/acquisitions

    Processing and cataloging

    Shelving

    Use

    Repair and maintenance

    Check-in

    Weeding

    Conclusion

    Chapter 2: Understanding your workflow

    Abstract:

    Selection

    Purchasing/acquisitions

    Processing

    Shelving

    Circulation

    Weeding

    Workflow analysis improves efficiency

    The critical questions

    Chapter 3: Collection metrics

    Abstract:

    The circulation metric

    Other collection metrics

    Collection audit

    Statistical sample

    Conclusion

    Chapter 4: Physical inventory

    Abstract:

    Making physical inventory a regular practice

    Developing a plan

    Shelf list

    What you will discover

    ILS features for inventory

    Chapter 5: Statistics

    Abstract:

    Collection use

    Collection age

    Collection turnover

    Putting it together

    Chapter 6: Creating collection objectives and benchmarks

    Abstract:

    Vision statements and mission statements

    Collection management policies

    Collection objectives

    Creating benchmarks

    Holistic benchmarking: overall collection performance

    Chapter 7: Collection organization

    Abstract:

    Physical space

    Classification systems

    Ergonomics

    Signage

    Displays

    Conclusion

    Chapter 8: Collection budgets

    Abstract:

    Vendors

    Alternative funding sources

    Formats

    Sharing

    Collection philosophy

    Chapter 9: Everything is connected

    Abstract:

    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

    Appendix A: Public library collection management policy

    Appendix B: Strategic content negotiation for the small library

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 216
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2013
  • Published: October 31, 2013
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780634418
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843347606

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