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Writing collection development policies

Writing a Collection Development Policyis an online 2 hour course covering the following topics.

The purpose of a collection development policy

  1. How to set collection goals
  2. How to make general decisions about the collection
  3. The processes necessary for developing and maintaining a library collection, including selection criteria
  4. The library's role in defending intellectual freedom
  5. The steps in writing a collection development policy

Elements of Model Collection Development Policy lists eighteen parts of a policy with short descriptions of each element. At the bottom of the page is a link to the collection development policies of four libraries.

Collection development policies is a essay describing the components of a selection development policy with links to examples of each component by libraries around the country.


Sample collection development policies

Morton Grove Public Library's Collection Development and Materials Selection Policy is one of the most detailed public library policies on the Internet. This policy, for example, gives selection and weeding criteria by Dewey Decimal 100s and by specific formats (e.g., videocassette and audiocassette) for both adults and children.

Collection development policies of Morton Grove Public Library for:

Directory of Collection Development Policies on the Web links to numerous collection development policies of public, schools, and academic libraries.

I expecially like this gift policy of the Lorain Public Library System. (www.lorain.lib.oh.us/service_guide/collection_dev3.html#gifts)

Selection policies

Material Selection is an online course that takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Topics include:
  1. Criteria for selecting materials
  2. The names and characteristics of useful collection development tools
  3. How to use reviews
  4. An orderly process for selecting materials.

Selection of Library Resources discusses selection issues, criteria and tools for:

Criteria for Notable Videos for Adults by the American Library Association Video Round Table provides five uplifting criteria they use to select their yearly recommendations of videos for adults.

Criteria for Selected Videos and DVDs for Young Adults provides criteria for technical qualities, content, utilization and overall effect used by the Young Adult Library Services Association to select their yearly recommendations for videos and DVDs.


Assessment methods

Collection Assessment is an online course, taking about 1.5 hours to complete, discussing:
  1. The purpose of performing collection assessment
  2. The relationship of collection assessment and your collection development policy
  3. Different measures for assessing your collection
  4. A process for performing a collection assessment and using collection assessment information.

Collection Assessment is two-pages outlining the value and types of collection assessment.

A Guide to the collection assessment process provides more detailed information on criteria, planning and execution of collection assessment. This guide provides instructions for actually doing several methods of collection assessment.

Materials distributed during workshop
Microsoft Word and Excel are required for view these documents. If you have trouble retrieving a document e-mail me the name of the document and I will e-amail back the file as an attachment.


Comics, Graphic novels

Near the bottom of the The Special Collections policy of Mercer County Library System in New Jersey is their graphic novel collection policy. This policy provides the purpose of the collection, who it is for, and the resource listed titles.

Comics links point to sources discussing comics and graphic novels in libraries and recommending lists and reviews.

Graphic Novel FAQ is Cary Memorial Library's explanation of why the purchase graphic novels, the appeal to young readers, and how they know what to buy.

Comic Books for Young Adults: A Guide for Librarians by Michael Lavin of the Lockwood Memorial Library at SUNY in Buffalo, New York, begins by pointing out students who read comic books frequently read above their grade-level and that the average age of comic readers is 25. Other Web pages explore genres, formats and styles of comics, where to find reviews, selection guidelines for choosing age-appropriate materials, how to purchase graphic novels, and depictions of women in this media.


Intellectual freedom

Library Bill of Rights is a basic six point guide to librarians.

Other statements on intellectual freedom

Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q and A provides answers to numerous questions about censorship.

Dealing with Challenges to Books explains how to cope with requests to remove materials from your library.

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