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Acknowledgements About the author Note on the revised edition Introduction Chapter 1: The changing collection management environment What is collection management? Collection development and collection management Is collection management still needed? Chapter 2: Formulating policy - the written collection development policy and alternative approaches What is a collection development policy? Why have a collection development policy? Difficulties and drawbacks What should a collection development policy contain? A separate collection development policy for digital resources? Creating the collection development policy Alternatives to a collection development policy Chapter 3: Selection of hardcopy and digital materials What is selection? Selection of different categories of materials Print monographs Print serials Audiovisual materials Digital materials Who selects? Aids to selection Bibliographies Reviews Advertisements Input from library staff and from users of the collection Chapter 4: Acquisitions and licensing Status of acquisitions What does acquisitions work involve? Before the order is placed While the order is in progress After the ordered item arrives Skills and knowledge required in the acquisitions department Bibliographic knowledge Knowledge of the book trade Ability to evaluate library suppliers Ability to negotiate licences Ability to assess automated system requirements Financial skills Managerial skills People skills Gifts and exchanges Outsourcing acquisitions The changing acquisitions environment Chapter 5: Evaluating the hardcopy and digital collection What is collection evaluation? Why evaluate the collection? Planning and conducting collection evaluation Methods of collection evaluation Evaluating digital collections Chapter 6: Preservation and deselection Introduction Preservation in libraries The preservation challenge and print The response Preservation of audiovisual materials Preservation of digital materials What is deselection? Why deselect? Why resist deselection? Criteria and methods for deselection Serial cancellation exercises Disposal of deselected material Deselecting electronic materials Chapter 7: Cooperation in collection management Introduction Reasons for cooperating Barriers to successful cooperation The Distributed National Collection in Australia Cooperative collection management and digital resources Open access and institutional repositories Chapter 8: The future of collection management Glossary Index

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Dr. John Kennedy has taught Collection Management at Charles Sturt University, Australia, for over a decade


...will be valued both as a textbook and as a work of ready reference., Australian Academic and Research Libraries ...provides a useful and comprehensive introduction to collection management, and should prove a worthwhile read for those beyond Australia too.... Overall this is a well-written and readable overview of collection management that will inform those new to the subject., Dr G. Matthews - Education for Information

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