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Managing the reference collection
Nolan, Christopher W.
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Chicago : American Library Association, 1999.
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viii, 231 pages ; 23 cm
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Z711 .N65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The reference collection is often seen as the heart of the library. For larger and well funded libraries, the reference collection may comprise a whole room or series of rooms in the library building with computers to locate information offsite. For other libraries, it may include a small number of very select print and electronic sources. The true measure of the library's reference collection is not how many volumes it has, but how readily patrons are able to find the information they need.

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Library Journal Review

When was the last time you performed routine maintenance on your reference collection? Nolan, head of reference and an associate professor at Trinity University, San Antonio, aims to provide "a fuller picture of the...maintenance activities that are only briefly treated (in standard reference textbooks)" and as a "framework for selection activities." While there are textbooks that briefly touch on the selection and management of reference materials, most notably Bill Katz's Introduction to Reference Work (McGraw, 1996. 7th ed.), no other text focuses on this topic in quite this depth. Nolan neatly and quite efficiently bundles together thoughts on collection fundamentals, collection development policies, selectors, selecting (print/electronic), and maintenance activities. In addition, the annotated bibliography includes a carefully selected list of pertinent further reading. This is required reading for new reference collection managers in all types of libraries; strongly recommended for regular review by veteran managers.√ĄJanet Brewer, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.