Gregory’s updated text on collection development and management

For Immediate Release
Thu, 02/07/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Packed with discussion questions, activities, suggested additional references, selected readings, and many other features that speak directly to students and library professionals, Vicki L. Gregory’s “Collection Development and Management for 21st Century Library Collections,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a comprehensive handbook that also shares myriad insightful ideas and approaches valuable to experienced practitioners. The new second edition brings an already stellar text fully up to date, presenting top-to-bottom coverage of:

  • the impact of new technologies and developments on the discipline, including discussion of e-books, open access, globalization, self-publishing, and other trends;
  • needs assessment, policies, and selection sources and processes;
  • budgeting and fiscal management;
  • collection assessment and evaluation;
  • weeding, with special attention paid to electronic materials;
  • collaborative collection development and resource sharing;
  • marketing and outreach;
  • self-censorship as a component of intellectual freedom, professional ethics, and other legal issues;
  • diversity and ADA issues;
  • preservation; and
  • the future of the field.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Gregory has a M.L.S and an MA in History from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Communication, Information, and Library Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is currently a professor in the School of Information at the University of South Florida where she currently teaches Collection Development, Digital Libraries and Library Administration. She was previously Head of Systems and Operations (which included collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, serials and computer technology) at Auburn University at Montgomery. She has written several books and numerous articles and conference presentations nationally and internationally. She has also served on the ALA RUSA Notable Books Council for several years.

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