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.
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