Collection Development
as a Social Process
By Hur-Li Lee
Goal: To understand collection
development as a social process
Introduction
WHY?
Social
Cultural
Influences on Collection
Development as a Process
Few studies have examined how these
factors affect the c...
Historical Case Study
• 1970 - mid 1990s
• Academic library system of public research
university, East coast U.S.A.
Women'...
Triangulation
3 Sources of Data
Data Analysis
Chronology of events related to 4
categories:
American society
The university
The university Library system
...
• women's studies is not recognized as a
separate field outside of traditional disciplines
• No research being done on fem...
First Wave of Tension: 1970s
Feminist vs. Non-Feminist Librarians
Non-Feminist Librarians
1. Patrons seek information based on discipline
and want discipline related tools that retrieve
so...
3. Not enough publishing outlet for women's
studies research
Publish or Perish
Feminist Librarians
substantial user needs for information by and about
women
Focused collection will help information see...
Feminist Librarians
• Unite female scholars
• commitment from university to a field growing in
status
• Grants and Scholar...
Non-Feminist Librarians
Accept and acknowledge women's studies as a field
of its own (outside traditional disciplines)
Wom...
What Influenced Collection
Development as a Process?
• Qualitative but can't generalize
• Collection development as a process with
multiple dimensions
• Unique because involve...
Lee, Hur-Li. "Collection Development as a Social
Process." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 29.1
(2003): 23-31. Web.
...
• Do you agree with creating a separate focused library for
women's studies and why? If yes, why are small focused
librari...
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Collection Development as a Social Process

  1. 1. Collection Development as a Social Process By Hur-Li Lee
  2. 2. Goal: To understand collection development as a social process Introduction WHY?
  3. 3. Social Cultural Influences on Collection Development as a Process Few studies have examined how these factors affect the collecting process and shape of collection
  4. 4. Historical Case Study • 1970 - mid 1990s • Academic library system of public research university, East coast U.S.A. Women's College & Women's Studies Collection Development Method
  5. 5. Triangulation
  6. 6. 3 Sources of Data
  7. 7. Data Analysis Chronology of events related to 4 categories: American society The university The university Library system Women's Studies at the university
  8. 8. • women's studies is not recognized as a separate field outside of traditional disciplines • No research being done on feminist perspectives • Desire to change women's college library into a women's studies research library Background Brief No Status or Recognition
  9. 9. First Wave of Tension: 1970s Feminist vs. Non-Feminist Librarians
  10. 10. Non-Feminist Librarians 1. Patrons seek information based on discipline and want discipline related tools that retrieve sources specific to a discipline OBJECTION! 2. Social Sciences do not want historical material separated
  11. 11. 3. Not enough publishing outlet for women's studies research Publish or Perish
  12. 12. Feminist Librarians substantial user needs for information by and about women Focused collection will help information seeking Policy drafted.... Counter Attack Access Denied!
  13. 13. Feminist Librarians • Unite female scholars • commitment from university to a field growing in status • Grants and Scholarships • Global Think Tank Second Wave of Tension: 1980s
  14. 14. Non-Feminist Librarians Accept and acknowledge women's studies as a field of its own (outside traditional disciplines) Women's College given a research center within their library Second Wave of Tension: 1980s Desire for prestige
  15. 15. What Influenced Collection Development as a Process?
  16. 16. • Qualitative but can't generalize • Collection development as a process with multiple dimensions • Unique because involved feminist politics • Need for MORE research on advisory roles in collection development Conclusions
  17. 17. Lee, Hur-Li. "Collection Development as a Social Process." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 29.1 (2003): 23-31. Web. References
  18. 18. • Do you agree with creating a separate focused library for women's studies and why? If yes, why are small focused libraries important for patrons and their research needs? • Can you think of any other interdisciplinary fields now that may face the same obstacles when developing collections? • Considering the fact that the librarians never asked patrons what they wanted, do you think their opinions on collections development were valid? If you were in their shoes at the time, do you think it would have been vital to address the patrons about the issue? Discussion Questions

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