Collections Development Resources in ALA Holdings

From ALA Library Collection

Collection Development and Management for 21st Century Library Collections (2019) by Vicki L Gregory. Available on as a physical copy, call number Z687. G68 2019.

Collection Management Basics (2012) by G Edward Evans and Margaret Zaronsky Saponaro. Available only as physical copy, call number Z6867.E918 2012.

Collection Management for Youth: Responding to the Needs of Learners (2005) by Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Jacqueline C Mancall. Available only as E-book.

Crash Course in Collection Development (2007) by Wayne Disher. Available only as a physical copy, call number Z687.2.U6 D57 2007.

Customer Based Collection Development: An Overview (2014) by Karl Bridges. Available only as a physical copy, call number Z689. C87 2014

Developing an Outstanding Core Collection: A Guide for Libraries (2010) by Carol Alabaster. Available only as E-book. 

From Outreach to Equity: Innovative Models for Library Policy and Practice (2004) by Robin Osborne. Available only as E-book. 

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (2018) by Peggy Johnson. Available as an E-book and as a print book.  

An Introduction to Collection Development for School Librarians (2019) by Mona Kerby. Available only in physical copy in Introduction Collection 

Less is More: A Practical Guide to School Library Collections (2006) by Donna J Baumbach and Linda L Miller. Available as E-Book 

Library Collection Development Policies: Academic, Public and Special Libraries (2005) by Frank W. Hoffmann and Richard J Wood. Available only as physical copy, call number Z687.2.U6 H64 2005. 

The Responsive Public Library: How to Develop and Market a Winning Collection (2002) by Sharon L Baker and Karen L Wallace. Available only as physical copy, call number Z716.4. B25 2002. 

Rethinking Collection Development and Management (2014) Edited by Becky Albitz, Christine Avery and Diane Zabel. Available only as physical copy, call number Z687. R48 2014. 

Rightsizing the Academic Library Collection (2015) by Suzanne M. Ward. Available only as E-book. 

The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf by Shelf Guide (2015) by Rebecca Vnuck. Available only as E-book. 


New Research in Collection Management by Jennifer Martin. August 2, 2019

Ins and Outs of Journal Collection Development: e-Forum Survey, published by ALCTS office. October 28, 2017

American Libraries Magazine Online 

The Practical Librarian's Guide to Collection Development. May 20, 2014. 

Diversify Everything: Getting our Children to see themselves - and Others - in What they Read by Sarah Park Dahlen. March 1, 2017.

Creating Space for Agency: Representing LGBTQ and Intersectional Perspectives Makes Students Future Ready by Rachel Altobelli. January 2, 2018. 

Collections are For Collisions. October 13, 2014.

Archiving Controversial Digital Media By Brooke Morris-Chott. August 8, 2019.

Collaboration and Competition in Collection Development By Erika L. Jenns. January 10, 2016.

Weeding Without Worry by Rebecca Vnuck. May 2, 2016.

Weeding Grows the Garden. April 16, 2010.

Treasure or Trash Heap? February 18, 2014. 

Understanding Acquisitions by Karen Muller. March 1, 2016. 

Dewey Decible Podcast: Spring Cleaning May 29, 2019. 


Collection Development Resources -


Best Practices in Defining a Collection Development Strategy. January 27, 2021. 

Data-Driven Collection Development: The Approval Plan in Today's Academic Library May 2, 2019. 

Qualitative Collection Assessment - Building Authoratative and Accessible Collections September 29,2020.

Creating an Inclusive Collection: Selecting and Evaluating Diverse Resources. May 21, 2019. 

College and Research Libraries

Reflections on Collective Collections. Vol 81 no. 6 (September 2020).

The Scholarly Impact of Books Acquired via Approval Plan Selection, Librarian Orders and Patron Driven Acquisitions as Measured by Citation Counts. Vol 80 no.4 (May 2019).

Library Book Selection Decisions and Selectors' Effectiveness: Differences Among Librarian's Faculty and Students. Vol 81 no. 4 (May 2020).

Collection Development in the Era of Big Deals. Vol 82 no.1 (March 2021). 

Collections as a Service: A Research Library's Perspective. Vol 79 no. 1 ( January 2018). 

Rethinking the Subscription Paradigm for Journals: Using Interlibrary Loan in Collection Development for Serials. Vol 79 no.2 (March 2018).

Factors Affecting the Use of Print and Electronic Books: A Use Study and Discussion. Vol 79 no 1 (January 2018). 

Everything Not Saved will be Lost: Preservation in the age of Shared Print and Withdrawal Projects. Vol 80 no. 7 (November 2019). 


Analyzing Digital Collections Entrances: What Gets Used and Why it Matters? by Paromita Biswas and Joel Marchesoni. Vol 35 no 4 (2016).

 Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

Meaning in the Use of Freedom by Chris Drew Vol 5 no 1 (Spring/Summer 2020). 

Knowledge Quest 


Blog Topic - Collection Development 

Collection Development Today: Learning is Personal by Leanne Ellis. May 17, 2021.

Revisiting Collection Development in the Digital Age by Kate MacMillian. November 14, 2018. 

The Questions Your Collection Provokes by Leanne Ellis. December 17, 2019.

 Why Do you Need a Collection Development Plan? by Sedley Abercrombie. May 30, 2018. 

Weeding Without Controversy Part 1 - Why Weed? by Hannah Byrd Little. March 12, 2019.

Weeding Without Controversy Part 2 - The Process by Hannah Byrd Little. April 2, 2019. 

Managing Library Shelf Space by Karin Greenberg. February 22, 2021. 

Weeding to Let my Collection Grow by Christine James. May 11, 2017. 

To Weed or not to Weed by Colleen R. Lee. June 3, 2019. 

Why you Should Weed More than Just Books at the End of the Year by Diana Rendina. May 23, 2017.

Public Libraries Online 

Topics - Collection Development 

News and Opinion 

Weeding Backlash at Berkeley Public Library by Julia Pyatesky. September 15, 2015. 

Love or Respect - The Collection Development Dilemma by Melanie A. Lyttle and Shawn D. Walsh. October 6, 2015.

80/20 Collection Development by Ann Lininger. November 15, 2012. 

The Dr Seuss Opportunity by Daniel Berra. April 5, 2021. 

Policies for Library Inclusion of Self-Published Works by Chris Burns. February 4, 2016. 

Weeding - Love it or Hate it by Melanie A. Lyttle and Shawn D. Walsh. February 14, 2018.

Ensuring Equity Diversity and Inclusion by Daniel Berra. March 2, 2021. 

Spring Weeding - Progress Should be Reflected in Your Collection by Ellie Simons. April 13, 2013. 


FYI Podcasts - Weeding Library Collections. August 26, 2016. 

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage

Early Book Collections and Modern Audiences: Harnessing the Identity/ies of Book Collections as Collective Resources by Leah Tether and Laura Chuhan Campell. Vol 21 no. 1 (Summer 2020).

Artists' Book Collection Development: Considerations for New Selectors and Collections by D. Courtenay McLeland. Vol 18 no. 2 (Fall 2017). 

Reference and User Services Quarterly 

Don't Call it a Comeback: Popular Reading Collections in Academic Libraries by Elizabeth Brookbank, Anne-Marie Davis and Lydia Harlan. Vol 58 no.1 (Fall 2018).