ERIC Number: ED534863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections
Singer, Carol A.
Whether a library's reference collection is large or small, it needs constant attention. Singer's book offers information and insight on best practices for reference collection management, no matter the size, and shows why managing without a plan is a recipe for clutter and confusion. In this very practical guide, reference librarians will learn: (1) The importance of collection development policies, and how to effectively involve others in the decision-making process; (2) New insights into selecting reference materials, both print and electronic; and (3) Strategies for collection maintenance, including the all-important issue of weeding. This important new book will help librarians make better reference decisions, aligned to customer needs and expectations, especially significant with today's limited budgets.
Descriptors: Reference Materials, Library Services, Fundamental Concepts, Reference Services, Library Development, Textbook Content, Information Sources, Best Practices, Change Strategies, Guides, Library Policy, Participative Decision Making, User Needs (Information), Alignment (Education), Staff Utilization, Budgeting, Certification, Consortia, Access to Information, Maintenance
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
Authoring Institution: American Library Association