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Developing Library and Information Center Collections


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This latest edition continues to cover all phases of collection development. A new addition is a CD containing supplementary material; a companion Web site () will also be maintained to ensure URLs referenced throughout the text are kept up-to-date.

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Preface to the Fourth Edition Preface to the Fifth Edition Information Age: Information Society Information Needs Assessment Collection Development Policies Selection Process in Practice Producers of Information Materials Series: Print and Electronic Other Electronic Materials Government Information Audiovisual Materials Acquisitions Distributors and Vendors Fiscal Management Deselection Evaluation Resource Sharing Protectingg the Collection Legal Issues Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, and Collection Development Index

About the Author

G. Edward Evans is Associate Academic Vice President for Information Resources, von der Ahe Library, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.Margaret Zarnosky Saponaro, MLS, is head of collection development, University of Maryland Libraries.


Last revised in 1995, this comprehensive collection development textbook has been updated to "reflect the changing environment of collection management," particularly in the area of electronic resources. Because of the necessity of keeping the final book to a reasonable length, materials from earlier editions are now for the first time available on the Internet. In particular, what had been Chapter 4 ("Selection Process: Theory") and two appendixesÄ"Book and Electronic Collection Policies" and the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) "Statement of Current Perspective and Preferred Practices for the Selection and Purchase of Electronic Information"Äcan be found at andÄWWW Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"[A] wonderful resource that every student should keep in their professional library and refer to as issues pop up during their career....[I] recommend it as a tool for library administration and librarians at all levels....Highly recommended as a text and as a reference for practicing librarians." - Technical Services Quarterly
"Evans and Saponaro's work has been the standard text and authority on collection development for all types of libraries. It still is....So if you are a current student or want to get serious about updating what you learned long ago in library school, then this is certainly the core center of professional reading....Evans and Saponaro is recommended as a central work." - Teacher Librarian

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