For immediate release | January 6, 2022

Core’s guide to managing grey literature

CHICAGO — An important resource for scholarly research, grey literature is relevant to every discipline. It’s also often more current than commercial publications. Unfortunately, though it provides a richness of content, this type of scholarly resource is often overlooked when conducting research. “Managing Grey Literature: Technical Services Perspectives,” published by ALA Editions in collaboration with Core Publishing, aims to change that. Editors Michelle Leonard and Susan E. Thomas, alongside a host of contributors from across the globe, describe the importance of grey literature and offer a holistic approach to successfully integrating it into library collections. Readers will learn:

  • an overview of grey literature that discusses its importance to researchers, scholars, and students;
  • collections policies for selection and deselection, complete with a suggested workflow;
  • information about vendors, OA, and other aspects of acquisitions;
  • guidance on cataloging, such as collection categories in the public-facing catalog, and preservation; and
  • methods for promoting grey literature in library collections, including institutional repositories; and
  • tips for marketing, branding, outreach, and best communication practices for colleagues, administrators, and patrons.

Leonard is the assistant director for education and training programs at the University of Florida, Office of Research. From 2004–2021, she was tenured faculty in the Marston Science Library at the University of Florida where she was the librarian and collections liaison to multiple departments in agriculture and natural and environmental sciences. She coauthored the book “Implementing and Assessing Use Driven Acquisitions” and coedited “Assessment Strategies in Technical Services.” She has published and presented at national educational, and library conferences, and international conferences. Thomas is the interim dean of library services at Indiana University South Bend. She has 30 years’ experience working in academic libraries. She is currently serving as the chair of the Core Publications Committee.

The former Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) are now Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a new division of ALA. Its mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning.

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