Library collection development


Library collection development

Library collection development is the process of meeting the information needs of the people (a service population) in a timely and economical manner using information resources locally held, as well as from other organizations.[1]

Collections are developed by librarians and library staff by buying or otherwise acquiring materials over a period of time, based on assessment of the information needs of the library's users. In addition to ongoing materials acquisition, library collection development includes:

  • the creation of policies to guide material selection
  • replacement of worn or lost materials
  • removal (weeding) of materials no longer needed in the collection
  • planning for new collections or collection areas
  • cooperative decision-making with other libraries or within library consortia

References

  1. ^ Evans, G. Edward (2000). Developing Library and Information Center Collections. Libraries Unlimited. pp. 15–16. 

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