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Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Online from: 1978

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Collection Development and the College Library: A State-of-the-Art Review


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Title:Collection Development and the College Library: A State-of-the-Art Review
Author(s):Mickey Moskowitz, (Director of Emerson College Library, in Boston, Massachusetts)
Citation:Mickey Moskowitz, (1984) "Collection Development and the College Library: A State-of-the-Art Review", Collection Building, Vol. 6 Iss: 2, pp.5 - 10
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/eb023145 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Collection development literature has burgeoned over the past decade, yet the complaint is still heard that college libraries are not engaged in meaningful collection development activities. College librarians often consider methods described in published research as too time-consuming, technologically dependent, or statistically complex to apply to their own situations. How relevant is the literature to the practical needs of the collection developer? In addressing this question, a theoretical overview of collection development is presented, and recent publications reviewed, in terms of their relevance to collection planning, implementation, and evaluation in the small college library.


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