2 a: something collected ; especially : an accumulation of objects gathered for study, comparison, or exhibition or as a hobby b: group , aggregate c: a set of apparel designed for sale usually in a particular season
Slides from Presentation: Collection Level Description [ Powerpoint ] [ HTML ] for Workshop at 8th International Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Workshop (DC-8) Ottawa, Canada, October 4 - 6, 2000
June 3, 2008 What is a Collection? From a cataloging website
What is a collection?
A collection is an aggregation of physical and/or electronic items. e.g. library collections; museum collections; archives; library, museum and archival catalogues; digital archives; Internet directories; Internet subject gateways; collections of text; images; sounds; datasets; software etc. A collection may be made up of any number of items from one to many.
The total accumulation of book s and other materials owned by a library , cataloged and arranged for ease of access , often consisting of several smaller collections ( reference , circulating books, serials , government documents , rare books , special collections , etc.).
What is a Collection? What is a library collection?
The Library uses this word in several ways. In its most general application, it refers to all the items that have been either purchased, donated or acquired through legal deposit since the Library was first established. It is also used to describe material that is logically grouped together under a format like maps, or a subject area such as the arts.
What is a Collection? Ranganathan’s 5 th Law of Library Science
The Library is a Growing Organism
The 5th law tells us about the vital and lasting characteristics of the library as an institution and enjoins the need for a constant adjustment of our outlook in dealing with it. Libraries grow and change, and will always do so. Collections increase and change, technology changes and budgets change. Change comes along with growth, and in order to be healthy, that change and growth requires flexibility in the management of the collections, in the use of space, in the recruitment, retention and deployment of staff, and the nature of our programs.
e. g. “The British Library manages its collection as a single entity.”
British Library Catalogues and collections
“ As school media specialists, we need to begin to adopt the ‘stone soup’ approach to collection development and interlibrary loan. Our building collections should not only be regarded as a single entity, but also as a unique part of a larger regional or state collection.”
Doug Johnson , A Stone Soup Mentality – November 1998 http://www.doug-johnson.com/dougwri/stone-soup-mentality.html
2. The collection as an entity that exists to serve a specific mission
The philosophy of this media center is to achieve excellence by focusing on the integration of library media instruction with classroom learning. The media center will provide a quality, diverse collection in order to meet the needs of the faculty and students. It will stimulate the development of a lifelong love and appreciation of reading and learning.
The Florine Dial Johnston Media Center (this statement is unfortunately no longer available on the web)