By John Kennedy
The quickly expanding reliance on electronic instead of print-based assets has no longer lowered the significance of library assortment administration, however it has required major amendment within the considering and the perform of assortment managers, who at the present time frequently need to think about their consumers' want for either print-based and electronic fabrics. This up to date variation goals to supply a concise evaluate of the key parts of latest assortment administration of print and electronic assets - together with coverage formula, choice, acquisition, evaluate, maintenance, deselection, and cooperative gathering - in a fashion which goals to be of curiosity to the coed and to the other reader looking an figuring out of a very dynamic region of librarianship.
Much that has been formerly released on assortment administration specializes in educational libraries, relatively these in North the USA. This booklet areas higher emphasis at the stories of smaller public and designated libraries, and makes an attempt to view its topic from the point of view of libraries in Australia and different nations geographically distant from North the USA and Western Europe. Dr John Kennedy has taught assortment administration at Charles Sturt collage for over a decade and has produced a number of prior guides at the topic.
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The collection development policy is likely to indicate the clientele for whom the library considers it is managing its collection. In the case of a special library, this will almost certainly be primarily the members or employees of the organisation maintaining the library, and the library will probably seek to meet only their needs for information that relate directly to their membership of the organisation or their employment, leaving other recreational and informational needs to be met elsewhere.
Thus there will be statements about the library's collecting goals and the subject areas or kinds of materials on which it focuses, but there will also be listings of resources used to assist with selection of materials and of suppliers used in purchasing them, and details of workflow procedures in regard to selection, acquisitions, weeding, and so on. All these matters arc important, but many of them are mainly important to those employed in the library and of little real interest to those inside or outside the library needing an overview of its collecting policies.
It can be argued that service agreements and attempts to focus on parts of the total community or parts of the collection strengthen the case for having an overall collection development policy, rather than allowing libraries to dispense with one. Service to one section of the community must be viewed - by the library, if not by the clients - within the context of resources available to serve all sections of the community, and the individual service agreements and other attempts to serve sections of the user population must not be allowed to distort overall collecting in favour of the interests of certain groups.