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Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, 2/e by Peggy Johnson
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Apr 05, 12

bookshelves: information-science
Recommended to Michael by: Louise Broadley
Recommended for: Librarians, MLIS Students,
Read from January 17 to April 05, 2012, read count: 1

This is the last book I read in library school; happily, it was also one of the best. This is a rare example of a well-written textbook by someone with a working knowledge of the subject, which also makes use of the most current literature to strengthen its informational value. While the subject may seem dry, managing collections is an area that librarians can readily get passionate about, and Johnston's writing makes the subject interesting and clear. She manages to divide her attention well between the major areas of librarianship (public, academic, and school libraries, particularly - not as much for special libraries outside of these areas), and covers the material in a logical manner. The book comes with several good features, including an excellent index, a useful glossary of terms (one I would recommend to any library student, whether interested in managing collections or not), sample policy statements and contracts, and a list of recommended reasources (good for getting homework done). I suspect that as I transition from a student into a professional, these appendices will remain useful references. The only major criticism I have is of the final chapter, on scholarly communications, which repeats material that is handled better elsewhere (see Scholarly Communications For Librarians) and really adds little to the subject of managing collections. I'd advise the publisher to omit it in future editions and lower the price of the volume accordingly.
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01/19/2012 page 86
20.0% "The Research Libraries Group (RLG) was a leader in developing the Conspectus, a classed analysis format."
01/29/2012 page 160
38.0% "The CREW method uses another acronym, MUSTIE, to describe the subjective criteria: Misleading (factually inaccurate), Ugly (worn beyond mending or rebinding), Superseded (by a new edition or by a better book on the subject), Trivial (of no discernable literary or scientific merit), Irrelevant (unrelated to the needs or interests of the library's community), and Elsewhere (it is easily obtainable from another library)"
02/05/2012 page 200
47.0% "On a more theoretical level, customer relationship management is a coordinated strategy to use the information gathered about customers (or library users) to attract and keep them - to build confidence, trust, and loyalty."
02/23/2012 page 253
62.0% "Effective collection analysis requires a combination of techniques to gain a complete understanding of a collection and its users."
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