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Life cycle of a collection

Each stage of the life cycle of a library collection has quality implications. This chapter focuses on collection management policies, staff collaboration, and the stages of a collection’s life cycle: selection, acquisitions, processing, shelving, use, check-in, and weeding.

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Figure 1.1 Life cycle of a collection

Collection management policies

Having a good collection management policy is the foundation of a quality collection. All collection decisions are driven by this policy. We’ve emphasized the word ‘management,’ rather than calling it a ‘collection development policy’ or a ‘materials selection policy’ so ...

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