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Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, 2/e 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0838909720
ISBN-10: 0838909728
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In recent years, books about electronic resources have greatly outnumbered those covering collection development. Fortunately, Johnson has answered this shortcoming. In nine chapters, she covers the entire field of collection development, from its history to collection analysis to marketing. She succinctly discusses ways to organize and staff for selection, how to write collection plans and budgets, how to manage collections, and how to set up cooperative collection plans with other libraries. The book closes with an appendix listing selection aids, a glossary, and an index of names and subjects. Invaluable to library students and beginning librarians, this book also has helpful ideas and information for even seasoned collections librarians. RBB
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Johnson offers a comprehensive tour of this essential discipline and situates the fundamental ideas of collection development and management in historical and theoretical perspective. --Adolescence
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Library Assn Editions; 2 edition (January 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838909728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838909720
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sharon M. Galbraith Ryer on March 27, 2011
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I wanted to give it a good star rating because the content is great, well organized and clear. I like the case studies, too. However, this is the first and last time I'll ever buy a textbook on the Kindle. The whole bookmarking/highlighting thing is time-consuming, and there's no way to correspond with my classmates when they open up to a page number. I have to go rifiling through my chapter bookmarks because there's no clickable index. I have a take-home exam in this class, and I'm dreading the prospect of searching for content via the Kindle. I plan to keep the book (not sell it used after the class ends) so I figured I'd be able to save some money by getting the e-version, however searching through it for content after reading it is so tough that I'm not sure how usable this version is in my career. Wish I'd bought the paper version.
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I depend on Peggy Johnson's Fundamentals of Collection Development in my own work and recommend it to all new and experienced selectors. I refer to it often using it in the preparation of presentations and in my work. The new edition is the most current and best written tool available in the field.
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Purchased this book a few years ago while getting my master's degree in library science. And in my technical services library job, I am heavily involved in developing (purchasing materials and processing donations) and managing our collection (weeding books).

Collection Development is an important topic for libraries and one where it's almost impossible to make everyone happy. One person will want a particular item added; another person is adamant that the library doesn't need and shouldn't get that item. Same issue with weeding books. The book discussed the importance of a library having a plan as well as rules in place to guide their decisions.
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Johnson's textbook provides a good introduction to the basic concepts and trends in collection development. Highly recommended for library students.
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Getting a bit dated, but still valuable for beginner librarians (it was a textbook for library science course) or librarians in isolated locations who have to be jack-of-all-trades.
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The book is well written and has great organization. It was easy to get a ton of information out of. I also enjoyed the scenarios at the end of each chapter.
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This book was well-written and had many good points and case studies. It introduces the theories behind collection development in libraries.
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