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This latest edition continues to cover all phases of collection development--from needs assessment, policies, and the selection process (theory and practice), to publishers, serials, protection, legal issues, censorship, and intellectual freedom. Each chapter has been extensively revised to reflect changing practices, policies, and technologies. To this end, some chapters- ...more
Paperback, Fifth Edition, 446 pages
Published September 30th 2005 by Libraries Unlimited
(first published 1995)
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If I never have to pick this book up again, that would be fine with me! After 3 exhaustive days of straight reading, I have finally finished it. While a lot of the information is useful, I found the text to be redundant. A lot of the issues were brought up & repeated in multiple places. In addition, I quickly tired of the mention of changes for the "future edition." It made the book feel dated, which in fact, I think it is due to the lack of emphasis the author wanted to give to certain tech ...more
As a student, this information was mind-blogging, irrelevant, and boring. Many of the lessons from this book are great, however, most people learn hands-on while on the job. Many of the scenarios presented are basic and may help, but by the time you're doing the job, you will forget the lessons presented in the book anyway. The book struggles to provide real world knowledge of the process, but it's a difficult task, but they do their best. Library budgets, electronic resources, and data have cha ...more
This book doesn't at all deal with the politics behind collection development. By this I mean that it doesn't question the idea that neutrality is possible or even desirable in selection. Though it has lots of information that will help librarians in practical ways, it's a boring read on a topic that I think has the potential for deeper, exciting analysis. Additionally, both authors come from a background of working in academic libraries, and their coverage on libraries outside of this is at tim ...more
I found the content of this book was not highly relevant to the collection development process practiced at the academic/research library where I work. It could be that much of this book was written with large public and academic libraries in mind, thinking that the process could be scaled down for smaller libraries. I've found this to be incorrect. It does seem that evaluation of electronic resources is more art than science, and librarians are still arguing about it constantly, so I couldn't b ...more
I find that it's hard to get terribly excited about most reading that is assigned for MLIS coursework; Not because I am disinterested in the subject matter, but because they're usually very dry. However, I feel I would refer back to some texts as need dictates later on in my career. This is one of them. Some of the supplemental course readings for Collection Development had more practical information, though. Sections of this book were also a bit dated, specifically in regards to electronic reso ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Melissa rated it did not like it · review of another edition
Well, I took a friend's advice (who shall remain nameless) and got through this class barely ever cracking this book. The one or two paragraphs I did read were totally boring. the class was really fun though and I still got an A.
I must confess, I never finished the readings in this text, because the other required text for my collection development course was MUCH better. I wonder if Evans is an alumni of my university and that's why this is the second course I've taken with one of his books as a required text?
|Thoughts and questions I have as I read this text book||4||5||May 28, 2010 08:58AM|