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Making a Collection Count, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Library collection management is a vital part of any library’s operations. Making a Collection Count takes a holistic look at library collection management, connecting collection management activities and departments, and instructs on how to gather and analyse data from each point in a collection’s lifecycle. Relationships between collections and other library services are also explored. The result is a quality collection that is clean, current, and useful. The second edition includes expanded information on collection metrics, digital collections, and practical advice for managing collections effi ciently when time and resources are tight. It also includesmore real-life examples from practicing librarians in areas such as workflow analysis, collection budgets, and collection management techniques. Chapters cover the life cycle of a collection, understanding workfl ow and collecting metrics. Physical inventory, collection objectives and bookmarks, as well as collection organization, collection budgets and marketing collections are also discussed.

  • Focusses on collection quality
  • Offers practical applications for collection librarians and managers
  • Relevant for different library types: public, academic, school, and special

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of figures
  6. About the authors
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Chapter 1: Life cycle of a collection
    1. Abstract:
    2. Collection management policies
    3. Selection
    4. Purchasing/acquisitions
    5. Processing and cataloging
    6. Shelving
    7. Use
    8. Repair and maintenance
    9. Check-in
    10. Weeding
    11. Conclusion
  10. Chapter 2: Understanding your workflow
    1. Abstract:
    2. Selection
    3. Purchasing/acquisitions
    4. Processing
    5. Shelving
    6. Circulation
    7. Weeding
    8. Workflow analysis improves efficiency
    9. The critical questions
  11. Chapter 3: Collection metrics
    1. Abstract:
    2. The circulation metric
    3. Other collection metrics
    4. Collection audit
    5. Statistical sample
    6. Conclusion
  12. Chapter 4: Physical inventory
    1. Abstract:
    2. Making physical inventory a regular practice
    3. Developing a plan
    4. Shelf list
    5. What you will discover
    6. ILS features for inventory
  13. Chapter 5: Statistics
    1. Abstract:
    2. Collection use
    3. Collection age
    4. Collection turnover
    5. Putting it together
  14. Chapter 6: Creating collection objectives and benchmarks
    1. Abstract:
    2. Vision statements and mission statements
    3. Collection management policies
    4. Collection objectives
    5. Creating benchmarks
    6. Holistic benchmarking: overall collection performance
  15. Chapter 7: Collection organization
    1. Abstract:
    2. Physical space
    3. Classification systems
    4. Ergonomics
    5. Signage
    6. Displays
    7. Conclusion
  16. Chapter 8: Collection budgets
    1. Abstract:
    2. Vendors
    3. Alternative funding sources
    4. Formats
    5. Sharing
    6. Collection philosophy
  17. Chapter 9: Everything is connected
    1. Abstract:
    2. Holistic library service
    3. How staff impact collections in a holistic library
    4. How staff impact the facility
    5. How staff impact technology
    6. Connections to other library services
    7. Evaluating library services holistically
    8. Conclusion
  18. Appendix A: Public library collection management policy
  19. Appendix B: Strategic content negotiation for the small library
  20. References
  21. Index