Alabaster’s updated guide to developing a core collection

Contact: Jill Davis

ALA Editions

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For Immediate Release

March 16, 2010

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Developing an Outstanding Core Collection: A Guide for Libraries, Second Edition,” by Carol Alabaster. In this practical and newly updated handbook, Carol Alabaster focuses on developing a collection with high-quality materials while saving time and money. She addresses key collection development questions, including

  • What criteria are used to identify a core title?
  • What is the process for making selections?
  • How is a collection maintained and improved?
  • How are core titles tracked in the library's acquisition and circulation systems?

Packed with selection resources and sample core lists in seven subject areas, this soup-to-nuts manual will be useful for librarians starting from scratch or revitalizing an existing collection.

Alabaster has more than 30 years’ experience working for public library systems in both New York City and Phoenix. During the thirteen years she was collection development coordinator for the Phoenix Public Library, she developed and implemented systemwide core collections. In addition to writing a weekly book review for the
Arizona Republic for more than seven years, she was a National Book Award judge in 1982. The first edition of this book was published in 2002.

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