New edition of benchmark text for collection development and management

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/01/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The new third edition of “Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management,” published by ALA Editions, is a sweeping revision of a text that has become an authoritative standard, offering a comprehensive tour of this essential discipline and situating the fundamental ideas of collection development and management in historical and theoretical perspective. Expert instructor and librarian Peggy Johnson addresses the art of controlling and updating library collections, whether located locally or accessed remotely. Each chapter offers complete coverage of one aspect of collection development and management, including numerous suggestions for further reading and narrative case studies exploring the issues. Thorough consideration is given to:

  • traditional management topics such as organization of the collection, weeding, staffing and policymaking;
  • maintaining productive relationships with vendors and publishers and other important purchasing and budgeting topics;
  • the effects of rapidly changing information delivery and access technologies, the evolving needs and expectations of library users and new roles for subject specialists;
  • marketing, liaison activities and outreach;
  • scholarly communication.

Johnson is a frequent speaker and trainer on collection development and management. She has published several books, including ALA Editions’ “Developing and Managing Electronic Collections: The Essentials,” and numerous journal articles. She edited the peer-reviewed journal Library Resources & Technical Services for more than nine years and continues to edit Technicalities: Information Forum for the Technical Services Professional. She teaches as an adjunct professor in the MLIS program at St. Catherine University. Prior to retiring from the University of Minnesota Libraries, she served as associate university librarian. A past president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, she received the ALCTS Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

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