Collection Development Training
Readings and Web Sites


Topic 1. Collection Development Policies               


Collection Description and Assessment in ARL Libraries (Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Studies, 1982)   Z670 .A85 kit 87  

Futas, Elizabeth, editor, Collection Development Policies and Procedures, 3rd ed. (Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1995)  Z689 .L49 1995  

Gabriel, Michael R. Collection Development and Collection Evaluation: A Sourcebook (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1995) Z687.2.U6 G33 1995   

Guide for Written Collection Policy Statements, 2nd ed. (Chicago: ALA, 1996)  Z687.A518 1996  

Hoffman, Frank W. and Wood, Richard J. Library Collection Development Policies: Academic, Public, and Special Libraries. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005.) Z687.2.U6 H64 2005

Wood, Richard J. Library Collection Development Policies: A Reference and Writers' Handbook (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1996)  Z687.2.U6 W66 1996  

Journal Articles

American Library Association, Reference and Adult Services Division, Collection Development and Evaluation Section, "The Relevance of Collection Development Policies: Definition, Necessity, and Applications," RQ 33 (Fall 1993): 65-74.

Biblarz, Dora. "The Conspectus as a Blueprint for Creating Collection Development Policy Statements," Acquisitions Librarian 7 (1992): 169-76. 

Hazen, Dan C. "Collection Development Policies in the Information Age," College and Research Libraries  56 (Jan. 1995): 29-31. 

Kuo, Hui-Min. "Surveying Faculty Book Selection in a Comprehensive University Library," Collection Building  19 (2000): 27-35.  Direct Link

Loken, Sally. "The WLN Conspectus," Collection Building 13 (1994): 31-42.

Powell, Nancy. "Using the WLN Conspectus in a Non-Automated Environment," Collection Building 13 (1994): 43-56. 

Snow, Richard.  "Wasted Words: The Written Collection Development Policy and the Academic Library," The Journal of Academic Librarianship 22 (May 1996):191-4. 

Wood, Richard J. "The Conspectus: A Collection Analysis and Development Success," Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory 20 (1996): 429-53. 

Web Sites -- Guidelines for Writing Policies

Dartmouth College Library -- Guidelines for Writing Collection Development Policies --

University of Texas at Austin -- Collection Development Policies, Principles, and Guidelines --

Web Sites -- Sample Policies

ACQWEB's Directory of Collection Development Policies on the Web --

University of Pennsylvania Library --

University of Tennessee Libraries --

University of Texas at Austin - General Libraries CD Subject Policies --


Topic 2. Collection Assessment


Gottlieb, Jane. Collection Assessment in Music Libraries, Canton, MA: Music Library Association, 1994.  ML111 .C59 1994

Guide to the Evaluation of Library Collections. Chicago: ALA, 1989.   Z687.G85 1989 I

Hall, Blaine H. Collection Assessment Manual for College and University Libraries. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1985    Z687 .H35 1985   I

Nisonger, Thomas E. Evaluation of Library Collections, Access and Electronic Resources: A Literature Guide and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2003.   Z675.N57 2003  

Strohl, Bonnie. Collection Evaluation Techniques: A Short, Selective, Practical, Current, Annotated Bibliography, 1990-1998. Chcago: RUSA, ALA, 1999. 

Journal Articles-- General 

Henderson, William Abbot et al. "Collection Assessment in Academic Libraries: Institutional Effectiveness in Microcosm," Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory 17 (1993): 197-201.

Whiteside, Ann. "Recent Publications on Collection Evaluation," Art Documentation 15 (1996): 53-56.

-- Checklisting

Anderson, Judith. "Developing a Collection of Communication Sciences and Disorders Materials: Some Selection Tools," Collection Management 20 (1996): 119-125.  (core lists)

Budd, Johm M. "The Utility of a Recommended Core List: An Examination of Books for College Libraries, 3rd Ed.", Journal of Academic Librarianship 17 (1991): 140-144. (BCL3, in-print status)

Denison, Russell F. "Quality Assessment of Collection Development through Tiered Checklists: Can You Prove You are a Good Collection Developer?," Collection Building 19 (2000): 24-7. Direct Link  

Murphy, Sharon C. and Karen Burchinger. "Academic Health Sciences Librarians' Use of the Brandon-Hill Selected List in Book Selection Activities: Results of a Preliminary Descriptive Study," Bull. Med.Libr. Assoc. 64 (July 1996): 427-432.

Pettingill, Ann and Morgan, Pamela. Building a Retrospective Multicultural Collection: A Practical Approach, " Collection Building, 15 (1996): 10-16. Direct Link

Siverson, Scott E. "Fine-Tuning the Dull Roar of Conspectors: Using Scaled Bibliographies to Assess Collection Level," Acquisitions Librarian 7 (1992): 45-64.

Stebelman, Scott.  "Using Choice as a Collection Assessment Tool," Collection Building 15 (1996): 4-11. Direct Link

-- Checklisting and Circulation Statistics

Lotlikar, Sarojini D. Collection Assessment at the Ganser Library: A Case Study," Collection Building 16 (1997): 24-29. Direct Link  (political science, core lists, circ stats)

-- Citation Analysis

Heidenwolf, Terese. "Evaluating an Interdisciplinary Research Collection," Collection Management 18 (1994): 33-48.  (public health, epidemiology journals)

Sylvia, Margaret J. "Citation Analysis as an Unobtrusive Method for Journal Collection Evaluation Using Psychology Student Research Bibliographies," Collection Building, 17 (1998): 20-28. Direct Link

-- Collection Statistics

Grover, Mark L. "Large Scale Collection Assessment," Collection Building 18 (1999): 58-66. Direct Link  (National Shelflist Count)

Rao, Sushella N. "Meeting Modern Demands of Collection Evaluation: A New Approach," Collection Building 13 (1993): 33-36. (mathematics, comparative title counts)

-- Overlap Studies

Hardesty, Larry and Colette Mak. "Searching for the Holy Grail: A Core Collection for Undergraduate Libraries," Journal of Academic Librarianship 19 (1994): 362-371  (BCL3, OCLC)