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TOPIC: Formats in Collections


  • Appreciate the broader context in which collection management takes place, and how intellectual freedom challenges, the global economy, the nature of parent organizations, publishing trends, etc. impact collection practices and policies.
  • Assess library collections using a variety of collection- and user-centred techniques.




  • Acadia, S. (2016). Books be gone! Reducing an academic library's print collection by half to meet strategic planning initiatives and participate in a joint library resource-sharing facility, Journal of Library Administration, 56:2, 144-157 
    DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2015.1105668
  • Casey, A.M. (2015).  Grassroots strategic planning: Involving library staff from the beginning.  Journal of Library Administration, 55:4, 329-340,
    DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2015.1038935
  • Coleman, D.E.  (2016).  Strategic planning for a single-person medical library.  Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 16:4, 299-304, 
    DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2016.1221274
  • McKay, A.S.  (2017). Planning for the future: An evaluation of academic and public library strategic plans in New Zealand. School of Information - Te Kura Tiaki, Whakawhiti Koreo: MIS Research Papers. 
    http://hdl.handle.net/10063/6712


  • Focusing Activity = Picture of a Defunct Library
    As the saying goes, we can, "If we fail to plan, we plan to fail." 
    Collections Management is first and foremost an administration process.
    When you see this picture, what do you think might have happened to explain why this library no longer exists?


  • Lecture = Needs Assessment
  • Lecture = Developing (e.g. selection, acquisition) and Managing collections (e.g. de-selection, storage, preservation) 


  • Learning Consolidation & Check-In
    Activity:  Brainstorming formats & Acquisition Criteria 
    1.  With your homework group, find another group of a different number so we have groups around the classroom of 5-6.
    2.  Briefly introduce to the other groups what formats your groups have been chosen (and, if ready, why)
    3.  Next, together brainstorm ways items that would be included in a list of Criteria when and when not certain items will be included in this Special Formats collection 
    Note:  For those groups who have already prepared this criteria, they can instead chose to work on the Selection, De-Selection, or Maintenance criteria for their Special Formats collection
    4.  Next, chose a designated speaker for each homework group to report back to the class the brainstormed list