Selection Tools

by moonlightaileen

The following resources are a sample of the ones found on ALA’s Professional Tools page. (http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet15) . 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: http://www.abc-clio.com/BookCompanion.aspx?id=2147498050 which provides links to the websites mentioned within the text.

2. http://www.georgialibraries.org/lib/collections/

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 http://awfullibrarybooks.net/ . 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. “

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