Real-world examples of collection development in the digital age

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CHICAGO — Chronicling the recent rapid changes in library collection development and management, “Collection Development in the Digital Age,” edited by Audrey Marshall and Maggie Fieldhouse, is published by Facet Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers.

This topical collection is international in scope, drawing together the perspectives of practitioners and academics at the forefront of contemporary collection development in all types of settings. The contributors explore how practitioners can take an active role influencing strategy in this new environment, draw on case studies that illustrate the key changes in context and consider how collection development might evolve in the future. In the book’s four sections, the contributors look at key themes such as:

  • Historical background on the subject, with an overview of the literature;
  • Trends in library supply, including outsourcing and managing suppliers;
  • The open access movement, e-books and other electronic resources;
  • Creating and maintaining electronic collections effectively, including engaging with users and developing commercial skills.

Fieldhouse is a lecturer at the Department of Information Studies at University College London. She is module tutor for the Collection Management and Management modules on the MA Library and Information Studies Program.

Marshall is a senior lecturer in the School of Computing, Mathematical and Information Sciences at the University of Brighton, UK, and course leader for the MA in Information Studies.

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