LI855: Collection Development and Management
LI855 examined the principles, policies, and procedures associated with evaluating, selecting, and acquiring materials and resources for the library. We looked at a variety of collection development policies and evaluated their effectiveness. Inherent in collection development policies and library collections themselves is an understanding of the ethics involved in developing collections and how libraries should adhere to the Library Bill of Rights and other intellectual freedom documents in order to provide resources for patrons of all ages and backgrounds. Because building collections cost money, we also examined the ways in which money should be allotted to various resource formats and how to handle diminishing library budgets.
Artifact: Collection Assessment
For the Collection Assessment assignment, I evaluated an out-of-state library’s catalog, website, community information, and collection development policy with a partner in order to propose an action plan that recommended specific steps for how the library should handle a permanent 15% collections budget cut. After examining the areas mentioned above, I decided that the 15% cut could be managed by weeding the collection every five years instead of four, reducing the print materials and other materials budget by increasing inter-library loans with the state library network, reducing the children’s and young adult collection by partnering with the local school district, and writing grants and generating revenue from online book sales.