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Fiction acquisition/fiction management : education and training
Olson, Georgine N.
Publication Information:
New York : Haworth Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
120 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Fiction acquisition/fiction management : education and training, has been co-published simultaneously as The Acquisitions librarian, number 19, 1998."
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Z711.5 .F53 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Fiction Acquisition/Fiction Management: Education and Training provides librarians and library managers with the most current information on how to successfully maintain or start a fiction collection that serves the needs of your patrons. You will learn about suggestions for further education of your library staff, such as calling on the American Library Association to create collection workshops and publish "how-to" articles to help small to medium sized libraries build a successful fiction collection. Through guidelines, procedures, interviews, and research, this text will help you efficiently manage existing fiction collections or develop an up-to-date collection for your library.

Whether you are a collection librarian at a public or academic library, Fiction Acquisition/Fiction Management will guide you through the training and education process of your staff and offer you the most efficient and economical way to start a fiction collection. In addition, this book provides insight into:
selecting materials through budgeting, collection development, and weeding
how WLN conspectus software can help you decide what book selections are most marketable at your public or university library
building a useful collection by working at the circulation desk, listening to suggestions from patrons, and using book reviews as a minimal criteria for selection
interviews with collection librarians about maintaining their fiction collections
a listing of sources, such as specific databases, that will help you collect specific genres, such as anti-theory fiction

If you would like to improve your library's fiction section and attract more clientele, Fiction Acquisition/Fiction Management will help you achieve this goal. Direct, informative, and up-to-date, this book will successfully start your collection or make an existing one complete.

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Booklist Review

Fiction accounts for 50 percent or more of some public libraries' circulation, yet few libraries, it seems, willingly devote correspondent resources to their fiction collections. This volume, reprinting an issue of The Acquisitions Librarian, opens with discussion of training librarians to acquire and manage fiction and continues with chapters on managing the fiction collection of a medium-sized public library, using the conspectus method to assess fiction collections, and assessing lease plans as a means of expanding fiction resources. Two chapters deal with collecting special types of fiction: the works of Czech novelists circulated underground during the Communist period, and antitheory fiction, much of which satirizes many of the new approaches to literary criticism and whose practitioners include such authors as Malcolm Bradbury and David Lodge.