Cover image for Public library collection development in the information age
Public library collection development in the information age
Stephens, Annabel.
Publication Information:
New York : Haworth Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
211 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Has been co-published simultaneously as The acquisitions librarian, no. 20, 1998."
Added Author:
Added Uniform Title:
Acquisitions librarian.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
Z687.2.U6 P83 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



Public Library Collection Development in the Information Age discusses the increasing amounts of information that are used in collection development. Case studies, interviews, and research are the basis for this book's suggestions to improve your collection methods without straining your library's budget. It will help you acquire the most useful materials while sharing information with collaborating libraries to offer patrons the latest and largest variety of resources.

Discussing a topic that is scarcely addressed in collection literature, this book explores ways in which one informational medium--the Internet--impacts materials budgets, selection tools, and alternative sources of information during the selection process.

Offering methods that apply to libraries of different sizes and financial capability, Public Library Collection Development in the Information Age provides you with ideas and suggestions for the improvement of collection development methods, including: examining how libraries use information to plan and budget for collection development developing a budget method that takes several factors into consideration, such as population impact, property tax revenues, circulation, reference needs, and client needs centralizing selections in order to allocate additional staff time and to choose resources patrons want without sacrificing the utility of local collections building public library collections with the assistance of vendors and the five levels of vendor participation using the conspectus method to assess and organize the collections of small libraries for easier access researching three public libraries in the United Kingdom to determine how varying levels of automation affect patron resources and services To help you integrate the appropriate electronic resources into collection development policies and procedures, Public Library Collection Development in the Information Age discusses which formats, access methods, pricing schemes, and differences in scope will best meet your selection needs. Containing proven strategies that will target your collection priorities and criteria to evaluate the use and effectiveness of electronic resources, this book will help revise your collection development methods to satisfy the informational needs of patrons.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

In the so-called information age, both the number of resources librarians need to evaluate for their collections and the variety of library materials to evaluate have increased. The papers in this reprinting of an issue of The Acquisitions Librarian cover ways to make evaluation easier. Several address the value of community studies for evaluating, planning in the public library, and budgeting. Others take up such selection options as centralized selection, vendor-assisted collection development, and using the WLN Conspectus in public libraries. Still others are devoted to electronic resources, including the Internet, and to the collection of specific types of materials, such as catalogs (as a small-library resource), gay and lesbian materials, and children's materials. The last two papers are on education for collection development and on continuing staff education.

Table of Contents

Annabel K. StephensJeanne ThorsenAnnabel K. StephensBetty WaznisCatherine GibsonLauren K. LeeBurns DavisJoy M. GreinerPatricia H. GuarinoNancy MilnorS. K. HastingsEllen H. PoissonJohn ChristensonCal Gough and Ellen GreenblattDana WatsonVicki L. GregoryVictoria Elliott
Introductionp. 1
Community Studies: Raising the Roof and Other Recommendationsp. 5
The Public Library Planning Process: Its Impact on Collection Development Policies and Practicesp. 15
Materials Budget Allocation Methods at San Diego County Libraryp. 25
"But We've Always Done It This Way!": Centralized Selection Five Years Laterp. 33
Five Levels of Vender-Assisted Collection Developmentp. 41
How the WLN Conspectus Works for Small Librariesp. 53
Collection Development in the Information Age: Great Britain's Public Librariesp. 73
Making the Internet a Part of the Library's Collectionp. 91
Cyberselection: The Impact of the Internet on Collection Development in Public Librariesp. 101
Selection and Evaluation of Networked Information Resourcesp. 109
Collection Development of Electronic Resources at the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)p. 123
A Catalogue of Catalogs: A Resource for a Small Library So It Can Be the Place to Go for Those Who Need to Knowp. 131
Gay and Lesbian Library Materials: A Book Selector's Toolkitp. 151
Multicultural Children's Literature Selection and Evaluation: Incorporating the World Wide Webp. 171
Education for Collection Development in the Electronic Age: With an Emphasis on Public Librariesp. 185
Staff Development for Improved Collection Management in a Rapidly Changing and Enhanced Technological Environment: Nashville Public Library's Experiencep. 195
Indexp. 203