Collections development - policy and practice


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Show how an effective collection development policy can support the public library authority’s service objectives
Stress the importance of having direct links to other strategic policies.
Introduce the standard template for a Collection Development Policy drawn up by the National Acquisitions Group (NAG)

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Collections development - policy and practice

  1. 1. Collection DevelopmentPoliciesPrinciples and practices of effective stockmanagement in public libraries Sarah Wilkie May 2010
  2. 2. WELCOME  Who am I?  Where do I come from?  What do I want to get out of today?
  3. 3. What is a Collections DevelopmentPolicy?And why do I need one? Sarah Wilkie May 2010
  4. 4. Agenda Names and definitions Role and purpose Context: making the links Ethics Risk and how to manage it Policy and practice Who is your audience?
  5. 5. What’s in a name? Library Stock Policy Stock Management Policy Libraries Stock Strategy Stock Policy Document
  6. 6. Definition of a Collections Development policy“Collection Development isthe process of planning andacquiring a balancedcollection of library materialsin many formats” [NAG Template for a Model Collection Development Policy for Public Libraries]
  7. 7. Role and purpose“Stock is the lifeblood of a public library service and itsmanagement is fundamental to its effectivedeployment and use. The objective of a CollectionDevelopment Policy is to ensure that public librarieshave the materials they need to deliver an effectiveservice.”
  8. 8. Making the links - 1To other library service policies,strategies and plans: Business plan Community engagement strategy Reader development strategy Marketing strategy Events programme
  9. 9. Making the links - 2 To wider authority objectives:  LAAs  Every Child Matters  Crime Prevention strategy  Cultural strategy  Strategy for Older People  Integration & Community Cohesion Strategy
  10. 10. Ethics 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: serve all members of the community without discrimination based on cultural and linguistic heritage provide information in appropriate languages and scripts give access to a broad range of materials and services reflecting all communities and needs IFLA
  11. 11. Managing the risks “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.” MLA Guidelines on Controversial Stock
  12. 12. Policy and practice• Staff training • Stock action plans• Supplier training • Budget setting• Public information • Stock audits • Funding bids Share Use Review Measure & adapt• Demographics • Plan for outcomes• Politics • Set targets• Priorities • Monitor
  13. 13. Who is your audience? Staff Colleagues Head of service Elected Members The public Suppliers Council decision makers Other council departments Consortium members Partners
  15. 15. Communicating your CollectionsDevelopment Policy
  16. 16. Agenda What not to say: jargon and how to spot it Segmenting your audience Talking to different audiences Developing an “elevator pitch”
  17. 17. Avoid jargon  Issue and discharge – bodily functions?  Circulation – blood? traffic? rumours?  Borrowers – little people who live under the library’s floorboards?
  18. 18. Segment your audiencesThe library service: The library world: Staff  Suppliers Colleagues  Consortium Head of service members The local authority:  The public  Council decision makers  Other council departments  Elected Members  Partners
  19. 19. Talking to the public Think about: ◦ Language – jargon, “council speak” “Performance indicators” ◦ Detail – not too “CPA rating” much, not too little “Supplier selection” ◦ What’s important to them “National Indicator Set” “Benchmarking”
  20. 20. Spread the word:Talking to authority colleagues andpartners If you haven’t read it you can’t know about it:  Open to scrutiny  Part of wider strategies
  21. 21. Summing it all up: the Elevator PitchYou’re in a meeting with colleagues fromother departments. One asks you what thelibrary service is doing to help meet thecouncil’s key objectives, and how “justlending can be a relevant contribution. books to You only have a few seconds to people” convince him that your collections serve a purpose. What do you say? ?