Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, Fifth Edition

This title will be available Spring 2025. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available. 

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LIS students and practitioners alike will find this top-to-bottom guide to collection development and management a must-have resource at every stage of their career.

A "remarkable achievement" (Technical Services Quarterly), this benchmark text serves as the perfect guide for beginners and a quick reference tool for seasoned professionals. For the new fifth edition, expert instructor and librarian Johnson is joined by technical services expert Weber. Complete with refreshed case studies exploring the issues and suggestions for further reading, each chapter provides in-depth coverage of one aspect of collection development and management. Readers will gain a thorough understanding of

  • traditional management topics such as organization of the collection, staffing, planning, and policymaking;
  • the continuing relevance and importance of the discipline in an increasingly digital environment;
  • Open Access, the Big Ten Open Books collection, and moving toward a digital library ownership model;
  • e-book lending, including purchasing models (PDA, DDA, EBA) and controlled digital lending;
  • collaborative collection development and management;
  • licenses, negotiation, contracts, maintaining productive relationships with vendors and publishers, and other important purchasing and budgeting topics;
  • self-published books and their path into library collections;
  • collection analysis and weeding, including both print and e-resources;
  • timely issues such as the ways in which collecting practices have changed post-pandemic, the evolving needs and expectations of library users, diversity in library collections, and ensuring accessibility, all illustrated using updated examples and data; and
  • marketing, liaison activities, and outreach, through coverage expanded for this edition.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use. An e-book edition of the text will be available shortly after the print edition is published.

Peggy Johnson

Peggy Johnson is a frequent speaker and trainer on collection development and management. She has published several books, including ALA Editions’ Developing and Managing Electronic Collections: The Essentials, and numerous journal articles. She edited the peer-reviewed journal Library Resources & Technical Services for more than nine years and continues to edit Technicalities: Information Forum for the Technical Services Professional. Prior to retiring from the University of Minnesota Libraries, she served as associate university librarian. During more than thirty years at the University of Minnesota, her responsibilities focused on collection development and management, technical services, institutional planning, grants management, and budgeting. A past president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), she received the ALCTS Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Peggy has consulted on library development in Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Morocco, and China.

Mary Beth Weber

Mary Beth Weber has worked in library technical services in academic libraries for over 30 years. She has held various technical services positions, and is an expert on cataloging nonprint materials, acquisitions workflows, and non-MARC metadata for digital collections. She also has extensive managerial experience. Weber has authored numerous books, including Virtual Technical Services: A Manual and Rethinking Library Technical Services: Redefining our Profession for the Future. She has given presentations on cataloging, mentoring, and publishing for various organizations. She chaired Rutgers University Libraries’ Faculty Mentoring Program Committee for two years, and participated in ALCTS’ inaugural mentoring program. Weber is an active member of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of ALA. She served as editor-in-chief of Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS) for nine years and helped transition the journal from ALCTS to Core. Weber was awarded the ALCTS Presidential Citation in 2011 for her service as the ALCTS Newsletter Editor. She received the ALCTS Honors award in 2015 for her contributions as LRTS Editor. Weber is currently the head of Central Technical Services at Rutgers University Libraries and oversees resource description (MARC and non-MARC) for all four of Rutgers’ campuses.