Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices

Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices

Sara Holder (McGill University, Canada)
Release Date: July, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 506
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1897-8
ISBN13: 9781466618978|ISBN10: 1466618973|EISBN13: 9781466618985
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Description & Coverage

Collection development, the process used by librarians to choose items for a particular library or section of a library, can be time-consuming and difficult due to the many factors that must be taken into consideration.

Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices addresses the challenging task of collection development in modern academic libraries, which is largely learned on the job. This publication contains practical advice and innovative strategies essential for current collection development librarians and future librarians seeking guidance in this complex position.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Business, commerce, and management library collections
  • Collection Development
  • Collection management
  • Engineering library collections
  • Law library collections
  • Library Information Systems
  • Library Science
  • Medical, nursing, dentistry, and pharmaceutical library collections
  • Social work and counseling library collections
  • Teacher education library collections
Reviews and Testimonials

Collection development is a challenging part of a librarian's job and one that tends to be very situation-specific, making it difficult to teach it effectively (most, if not all, practical skills in this area are learned on the job). The purpose of this collection is to provide practicing librarians and students preparing to enter the profession with advice and strategies on how best to navigate the complex processes involved in creating and managing library collections. It will also showcase strategies, projects, investigations and comparisons developed and carried out across geographies and disciplines by librarians in the field. The volume is intended for use by practicing librarians in a wide range of academic and special libraries who have collection development responsibilities in one or more of the applied disciplines for whom it will provide practical advice from fellow practitioners as well as a comparative overview of collection development policies and practices in use at peer institutions. In addition, it is meant for use by professors in library science programs as a course or supplementary text for classes on collection development and academic librarianship as well as by students performing their own investigations and research.

– Sara Holder, McGill University, Canada

Sara Holder of McGill University in Canada has compiled a valuable reference resource for students entering library science, for practicing librarians, and for professors of library science who must keep up with the latest trends and practices in the area of collection development (management). [...] This volume is highly recommended for community college and academic libraries, and any institution that has undergraduate and graduate programs in library and information science.

– Laura J. Bender, American Reference Books Annual

North American academic and public librarians describe approaches to collection development carried out in support of professional and/or applied academic programs such as law, teacher education, medicine, business, architecture, or even library science itself. They cover creating plans for budgeting and buying; how discipline shapes practice; collecting for the professional subfields; and case studies, projects, and surveys. Among the topics are approval profiles from a vendor's perspective, information sources and collection planning for engineering, developing a juvenile literature collection in an academic library, supporting the College of Health Sciences and Human Services and the School of Nursing at Murray State University, and collaborating with faculty to weed an entire science and engineering book collection.

– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

This book addresses the needs of librarians who have collection development responsibilities in general professional programs such as law, business, engineering, and allied health as well as specialized subject disciplines in their academic institutions. It is also geared toward professors in library science programs as supplemental material for their collection development courses.[...] One comes away from this book with a better understanding of how complicated and multi-faceted collection development is and how sometimes a librarian is not adequately prepared or even trained for this responsibility.

– Regina Gong, Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, USA

The overall quality of the volume is excellent. Each chapter has been well researched, well organized and includes an extensive bibliography. The volume concludes with a comprehensive listing of references and an index. It is a recommended addition to library science collections and as a collection development tool for librarians and staff in academic libraries. New subject selectors in the library profession as well as selectors with many years of service would benefit from the content provided in this volume.

– Robert Alan, Pennsylvania State University, Journal of Collection Building 33(1)
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Editor/Author Biographies
Sara Holder is an Associate Librarian and Head of the Education Library and Curriculum Resources Centre at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She began her work at the McGill Library in 2005 as a Data Specialist in the Electronic Data Resources Service. Prior to arriving at McGill, she worked as a Reference Librarian and as the Interim Project Manager/Associate Director of the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive at Princeton University. Sara received her MLIS from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and her BA from Vassar College. She is active in numerous professional organizations, and she serves as a manuscript referee for several publications. Sara's publications have appeared both in monographs and in open access journals and she is a frequent reviewer for Library Journal. Her research interests include the changing role of librarians, library assessment strategies, information literacy, and collection development.
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