Selection Tools

by moonlightaileen

The following resources are a sample of the ones found on ALA’s Professional Tools page. ( . Please, follow the link for even more resources.

1. Evans, G. Edward, and Margaret Zarnosky Saponaro. Developing Library and Information Center Collections. 5th ed. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.

Covers needs assessment, policies, and the selection process (theory and practice), to publishers, serials, protection, legal issues, censorship, and intellectual freedom. Here is a companion website: which provides links to the websites mentioned within the text.


Georgia Public Library service has made it’s collection standards, sample policies, user surveys, weeding guidelines, and other resources available.

3. For a tongue in cheek look at the importance of weeding the collection, take a look at . A blog by librarians Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner. ” This site is a collection of library holdings that we find amusing and maybe questionable for libraries trying to maintain a current and relevant collection. “