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Collection Development Policies

Kay Ann Cassell (Associate Director for programs and Services, The Branch Libraries, New York Public Library)
Elizabeth Futas (Director, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, University of Rhode Island)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 1 February 1991



In order to develop a collection and a collection development policy, data must be gathered and representatives of the library and community must be consulted. This is not something that can be accomplished in a short period of time—or alone. The greatest need in formulating a collection development policy is for ideas — these ideas must come from different people and different points of view. Even the smallest library must gather ideas from a number of people interested in keeping the library alive, vital, and a part of the community it serves.


Cassell, K.A. and Futas, E. (1991), "Collection Development Policies", Collection Building, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 26-29.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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