Development & Selection Project
This is a two-part project to be presented in class on April 20.
Part 1: Drafting a collection development policy for
your model library
A collection development policy is the written statement
of a plan to correct a collection's weaknesses while maintaining its strengths;
it provides details to guide library staff in building that collection.
A complete collection policy statement contains the following elements:
Name of bibliographer and date.
B.2 Geographic Areas
B.3 Chronological Guidelines
B.4 Dates of Publication
Types of Material
C.1 Treatment of Subject
Levels of Current Collecting Activity by Subject
Guidelines for Writing Collection Development Statements, a handout
you will receive in class, should be used to help you develop the policy.
Part 2: Building the Collection
Your task is to select and purchase materials for your model library.
For each title selected, you need to record the following:
Title, author, or editor(s), date of publication and publisher. Write an
annotation describing the contents of the item. Also, describe WHY you
would add this title to your collection. If you have read a review of this
title provide the citation for it (optional).
Be media blind. You may purchase titles in ANY format. Money is no object.
If your selected title requires equipment, (ex. a CD-ROM Player, a video
machine, etc.) state what type you must have on site to 'play' the title.
Cost: don't worry about your total costs. You will be selecting a set number
of titles in categories. HOWEVER, record the individual title cost and,
when the task is completed, provide a cumulative total for all materials
For your reference collection, select 4 reference titles.
For your general collection, select 6 titles.
For your indexes and abstracts collection, select 3 titles.
For your Journals/Magazine/Newspaper collection, select 6 titles.
NOTE: This project will be graded on its content, not its length.
There is no prescribed number of pages.