Collection Development policies

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Collection Development policies

  1. 1. What is a Collections Development Policy?<br />And why do I need one?<br />Sarah Wilkie<br />May 2010<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Names and definitions<br />Role and purpose<br />Context: making the links<br />Ethics<br />Risk and how to manage it<br />Policy and practice<br />Who is your audience?<br />
  3. 3. What’s in a name?<br />Library Stock Policy<br />Stock Management Policy<br />Libraries Stock Strategy<br />Stock Policy Document<br />
  4. 4. Definition of a Collections Development policy<br />“Collection Development is the process of planning and acquiring a balanced collection of library materials in many formats”<br />[NAG Template for a Model Collection Development Policy for Public Libraries]<br />
  5. 5. Role and purpose<br />“Stock is the lifeblood of a public library service and its management is fundamental to its effective deployment and use. The objective of a Collection Development Policy is to ensure that public libraries have the materials they need to deliver an effective service.” <br />
  6. 6. Making the links - 1<br />To other library service policies, strategies and plans:<br /> Business plan<br /> Community engagement strategy<br /> Reader development strategy<br /> Marketing strategy<br /> Events programme<br />
  7. 7. Making the links - 2<br />To wider authority objectives:<br /> LAAs<br /> Every Child Matters<br /> Crime Prevention strategy<br /> Cultural strategy<br /> Strategy for Older People<br /> Integration & Community Cohesion Strategy <br />
  8. 8. Ethics<br />Each individual in our global society has the right to a full range of library and information services. In addressing cultural and linguistic diversity, libraries should:<br />serve all members of the community without discrimination based on cultural and linguistic heritage<br />provide information in appropriate languages and scripts<br />give access to a broad range of materials and services reflecting all communities and needs<br /> IFLA<br />
  9. 9. Managing the risks<br />“In the interests of intellectual freedom, material should not be rejected solely because it is considered controversial. A good library should encompass controversial issues and different perspectives in the interests of democracy and discovery.”<br />MLA Guidelines on Controversial Stock<br />
  10. 10. Policy and practice<br />
  11. 11. Who is your audience?<br />Staff<br />Colleagues<br />Head of service<br />Elected Members<br />The public<br />Suppliers<br />Council decision makers<br />Other council departments<br />Consortium members<br />Partners<br />
  12. 12. Any questions<br />

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