Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, Fourth Edition

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Technical Services Quarterly declared that the third edition “must now be considered the essential textbook for collection development and management … the first place to go for reliable and informative advice." For the fourth edition expert instructor and librarian Johnson has revised and freshened this resource to ensure its timeliness and continued excellence. Each chapter offers complete coverage of one aspect of collection development and management, including numerous suggestions for further reading and narrative case studies exploring the issues. Thorough consideration is given to

  • traditional management topics such as organization of the collection, weeding, staffing, and policymaking;
  • cooperative collection development and management;
  • licenses, negotiation, contracts, maintaining productive relationships with vendors and publishers, and other important purchasing and budgeting topics;
  • important issues such as the ways that changes in information delivery and access technologies continue to reshape the discipline, the evolving needs and expectations of library users, and new roles for subject specialists, all illustrated using updated examples and data; and
  • marketing, liaison activities, and outreach.

As a comprehensive introduction for LIS students, a primer for experienced librarians with new collection development and management responsibilities, and a handy reference resource for practitioners as they go about their day-to-day work, the value and usefulness of this book remain unequaled.

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Preface to the Fourth Edition

1    Introduction to Collection Development and Management

  • Components of Collection Development and Management
  • Historical Overview
  • Theories of Selection
  • Future of Collection Development and Management
  • Notes
  • Suggested Readings

2    Organizational Models, Staffing, and Responsibilities

  • Collection Management and Development Responsibilities
  • Assignment of Responsibilities
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Learning after School
  • Organizational Models
  • Ethical Issues
  • Notes
  • Suggested Readings

3    Planning, Policy, and Budgets

  • Planning in Libraries
  • Planning Models
  • Environmental Scanning
  • Why Undertake Formal Planning?
  • Collection Development Policy Statements
  • Writing the Collection Development Policy Statement
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Notes
  • Suggested Readings

4    Developing Collections

  • Universe of Published Materials
  • The Selection Process
  • Notes
  • Suggested Readings

5    Vendor Relations, Negotiation, and Contracts

  • Overview
  • Vendor Relations
  • Negotiation
  • Contracts
  • Notes
  • Suggested Readings

6    Managing Collections

  • Weeding
  • Storage
  • Preservation and Conservation
  • Review and Cancellation of Continuing Resources
  • Collection Protection and Security
  • Notes
  • Suggested Readings

7    Marketing, Liaison Activities, and Outreach

  • Understanding Marketing
  • Marketing Concepts
  • Managing the Marketing Cycle
  • Liaison and Outreach Activities
  • Social Media
  • Notes
  • Suggested Readings

8    Collection Analysis, Accountability, and Demonstrating Value

  • Collection Analysis as a Management Tool
  • Historical Overview of Collection Analysis
  • Approaches to Collection Analysis
  • Electronic Resources and Collection Analysis
  • Methods of Collection-Based Analysis
  • Methods of Use- and User-Centered Analysis
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis, Social Return on Investment, and Balanced Scorecards
  • Conducting the Analysis and Preparing a Collection Analysis Report
  • Notes
  • Suggested Readings

9    Collaborative Collection Development and Management

  • Overview
  • Resource Sharing
  • Bibliographic Access
  • Coordinated or Collaborative Collection Building and Management
  • Infrastructures for Cooperative and Collaborative Collection Development and Management
  • Attributes of Successful Consortia
  • Challenges to Collaborative Collection Development and Management
  • Evaluating Collaborative and Cooperative Collection Development and Management
  • Notes
  • Suggested Readings

Appendix A    Professional Resources for Collection Development and Management
Appendix B    Selection Aids

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.

"The information is well researched, logically arranged, and suitable as a guide for beginners and a quick reference tool for seasoned professionals."

"A remarkable achievement ... An excellent resource for all librarians, from those just getting started in collection development to the most experienced practitioner."
— Technical Services Quarterly