Developing an Outstanding Core Collection: A Guide for Public Libraries
A flurry of controversy erupts whenever anyone comes up with a "best books" list. Pundits engage in rousing dialogues about the worthiness of the ... Show synopsis A flurry of controversy erupts whenever anyone comes up with a "best books" list. Pundits engage in rousing dialogues about the worthiness of the books selected. Alternative lists appear in opposition. Libraries face unique challenges in selecting a nucleus of best books, while making sure their "best of are actually used by library customers. This practical handbook offers step-by-step instructions on not only how to build a core collection from scratch but also how to maintain and revitalize an existing collection. Building on the basics, this comprehensive guide to core collection development offers ready-to-use advice on developing a collection policy statement, selecting user-appropriate sources, and ultimately serving your constituency with the best possible collection. With an eye toward quality and years of collection development and reviewing experience, collection expert Carol Alabaster answers the key questions such as: -- What criteria are used to identify a core title? -- What is the process for making selections? -- From A to Z, how is a collection maintained and improved? -- How are titles continuously tracked? -- What methodologies will make decisions less subjective? Packed with selection resources and sample core lists in seven subject areas, all libraries can use this soup-to-nuts manual to revitalize or start up an up-to-date and customer-focused core collection.