The library’s collection is a constantly changing entity. Various library departments, staff and users interact with the collection. This chapter describes the eight stages of the collection life cycle. Each stage is an opportunity to survey the collection and monitor for quality. The eight stages are: selection, acquisitions, processing and cataloging, shelving, checkout (use), re-shelving, repair/maintenance, and weed or replace.
collection life cycle
Some time ago, a colleague was asked by a library board member when the staff would be “done” buying books for the library. ...