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Making a Collection Count, 2nd Edition by Mary Kelly, Holly Hibner

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Life cycle of a collection

Abstract:

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.

Key words

collection life cycle

collection development

collection management

e-books

self-published

weeding

book sales

storage

archive

floating collections

Some time ago, a colleague was asked by a library board member when the staff would be “done” buying books for the library. ...

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