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Library collection development policies : a reference and writers' handbook
Wood, Richard J. (Richard John)
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1996]

Physical Description:
xxix, 467 pages ; 23 cm
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Z687.2.U6 W66 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Z687.2.U6 W66 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This text aims to simplify the creation of a collection development policy. It covers all types and sizes of libraries and is a comprehensive, useful, and up-to-date guide available to librarians and library science students.

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Library Journal Review

It's May 15 and word comes down‘"There's money left in the book budget; spend it by July 1 or lose it." Do you a) make a beeline for Library Journal or b) refer to your collection development policy? Library director Wood and library science professor Hoffmann maintain, "it is impossible to say how many libraries in the United States have collection development policies..." but that "most of the writers cited in this book believe that the majority of libraries do not have one." The authors wrote this handbook for those librarians needing to "study, develop, rewrite, or evaluate collection development policies." Part 1 is an excellent treatise on policy rationale, policy implementation, and policy components. The material presented is not new but a clear and relatively concise (73 pages) update on collection development. Part 2 includes representative collection development policies of academic, public, school, state, special, and other libraries. Library Development Policies is very similar in scope and length to Elizabeth Futas's Collection Development Policies and Procedures (Professional Reading, LJ 3/15/95) as well as Michael R. Gabriel's Collection Development and Collection Evaluation: A Sourcebook (Professional Reading, LJ 6/1/95). For those in the process of writing or revising a collection development policy, this is an excellent time- and energy-saving resource.‘Janet Brewer, Murray State Univ. Lib., Ky. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.