Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, 3rd edition

Mar 2014 | 400pp

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Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, 3rd edition

Peggy Johnson

In this sweeping revision of a text that has become an authoritative standard, expert instructor and librarian Peggy Johnson addresses the art of controlling and updating library collections, whether located locally or accessed remotely. Each chapter offers complete coverage of one aspect of collection development and management, including numerous suggestions for further reading and narrative case studies exploring the issues. Johnson thoroughly considers:
  • Traditional management topics such as organization of the collection, weeding, staffing, and policymaking 
  • Maintaining productive relationships with vendors and publishers, and other important purchasing and budgeting topics 
  • The effects of rapidly changing information delivery and access technologies, the evolving needs and expectations of library users, and new roles for subject specialists.  
Johnson offers a comprehensive tour of this essential discipline and situates the fundamental ideas of collection development and management in historical and theoretical perspective, bringing this modern classic fully up to date.
Readership: LIS students, library managers and librarians worldwide.

1. Introduction to collection management and development
2. Organizational models, staffing, and responsibilities
3. Planning, policy, and budgets        
4. Developing collections        
5. Managing collections        
6. Marketing, liaison activities, and outreach
7. Collection analysis: evaluation and assessment
8. Cooperative collection development and management
9. Scholarly communication
Appendix A. Professional resources for collection development and management    
Appendix B. Selection aids        
Appendix C. Sample collection development policy statements           
Appendix D. Contract and license terms    

"Must now be considered the essential textbook for collection development and management …the first place to go for reliable and informative advice."
- Technical Services Quarterly 

"... provides a comprehensive coverage of the topic...written in an accessible manner...I would recommend that anyone interested in the subject should read the book."
- Ariadne

"Whether as a textbook or as a useful source for consultation by the practitioner, Penny Johnson’s work provides an excellent summary of vital areas of collections development and management, which can also act as a guide to those navigating this challenging area of the profession in such times of rapid change."
- CILIP Rare Books Newsletter


Peggy Johnson began her library career as a music cataloguer and has been a children's librarian in a public library, and serials cataloguer, technical services head, and a senior collection development officer in academic libraries. In 2002, she served as interim university librarian at the University of Minnesota. Johnson has consulted on library development in Uganda, Rwanda, Morocco, and China. She is a frequent speaker and consultant on collection development and management and on change in libraries, two areas of particular interest. She edits the journal Technicalities: Information Forum for the Library Services Practitioner, has published numerous papers, and written and edited several books.

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