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Article
Publication date: 19 January 2010

Abdul Mannan Khan

The main purpose of the study is to identify the current status of collection development organizational patterns and to make a comparative analysis of collection

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Purpose

The main purpose of the study is to identify the current status of collection development organizational patterns and to make a comparative analysis of collection development organizational patterns of the four central university libraries of Uttar Pradesh (UP) i.e. Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Allahabad University (ALU) and Baba Bhim Rao Ambedkar University (BBRAU).

Design/methodology/approach

A well structured questionnaire was administered to the librarians and acquisitions librarians of the four central university libraries under study.

Findings

It has been found that there is a conspicuous difference between the two categories and that the newly centralized universities are lagging far behind the old centralized universities in collection development organizational patterns.

Research limitations/implications

The present study consists only of collection development organizational patterns in central university libraries of UP. The scope of the study can be extended to some more centrally funded universities.

Originality/value

There are a number of studies on collection development organizational patterns in the world, but this is the first of its kind within Indian central universities.

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Collection Building, vol. 29 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Article
Publication date: 1 October 2006

Bárbara Susana Sánchez Vignau and Ileana Lourdes Presno Quesada

This paper discusses the topic of Collection Development in a digital environment. Developing digital collections is a logical consequence of inserting information…

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Purpose

This paper discusses the topic of Collection Development in a digital environment. Developing digital collections is a logical consequence of inserting information technologies in organizations. The usual route towards other models of libraries has allowed the development of the digital collections as a source of Digital Libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on the development of a user‐oriented concept of digital collections.

Findings

The current information society requires Collection Development to guarantee suitable resources in information organizations.

Originality/value

The authors provide a new way of looking at the development of digital collections. In this paper the authors propose a cycle to create a digital collection starting from the established precepts for traditional Collection Development. The creation process is supplemented with an analysis of the term Collection Development starting from the user's focus.

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Collection Building, vol. 25 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Article
Publication date: 1 April 2006

Kanwal Ameen

The literature on collection development largely discusses all kinds of managerial and practical issues. However, there appear to be gaps in LIS literature regarding…

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Purpose

The literature on collection development largely discusses all kinds of managerial and practical issues. However, there appear to be gaps in LIS literature regarding tracing the semantic developments of the subject. The paper attempts to explore the relationship between the use of varying collection‐related terminologies and ever‐emerging forms of scholarly publishing in libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

An extensive review of the available literature was made to illustrate the impact of the developments in both production and formats of information sources on libraries' collection related patterns and expressions since the last quarter of the twentieth century.

Findings

It was found that the related emerging terminology has been expanding rapidly because of the direct impact of the never‐ending developments, though with different pace in different countries. The varying use pattern reflects the expansion in the aims and ways of functioning of a modern library.

Originality/value

The paper falls in the category of “literature review” and provides an overview of the connection between developments in theory and practice of collection managing aspects.

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Collection Building, vol. 25 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Article
Publication date: 7 October 2013

Olivia Marie Hedlund and Andrea Copeland

The purpose of this paper is to determine whether collection management practices that evolved as a result of recent budgetary constraints are included in the LIS…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine whether collection management practices that evolved as a result of recent budgetary constraints are included in the LIS curriculum or not.

Design/methodology/approach

Ten collection management trends related to budgetary constraints were identified through a review of the literature. Then, collection management educators at ALISE member institutions were identified and surveyed regarding the inclusion of the aforementioned trends in their curricula. Survey results were analyzed using descriptive statistics and content analysis.

Findings

Four trends (collaborative collection development, just-in-time acquisitions, patron-driven-acquisitions, and participation in consortia) were mentioned in nearly all curricula; six others were covered with varying frequency. Professional standards are also found to include limited information on collection management. Additionally, a review of two popular collection development texts revealed that very few of the trends were covered in a budgetary context.

Originality/value

This study examines collection management education in a novel way and highlights the disconnect between professional practice, professional standards, and education. The paper also adds the domain of collection development to the discussion of how or why LIS courses are influenced by practice.

Article
Publication date: 28 June 2021

Grace Wambui Kamau and Aggrey Luyiya Elegwa

The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors influencing the collection development process at the University of Nairobi library and suggest ways for improvement.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors influencing the collection development process at the University of Nairobi library and suggest ways for improvement.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative approach was employed to collect, analyze and interpret data from collection development librarians at the University of Nairobi purposively selected. Data were collected through structured interviews and documentary review. Data were analyzed using content analysis and descriptive statistics.

Findings

The study established that the library has a written collection development policy which was revised in 2014 and is strictly adhered to. However, the policy has a gap on the role of faculty as stakeholders in the selection process. In addition, the criteria for selection are not explicitly stated. Findings also indicate that budget allocation, collection development policy, user demands, quality of staff, library consortium and the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act of 2015 influence the collection development process at the University of Nairobi Library.

Research limitations/implications

The study was conducted in one public university library in Kenya. However, the findings may be applicable in similar university libraries in the country.

Practical implications

The findings of this study may benefit students and faculty in the University of Nairobi from improved collection development process that would ensure that their information needs are met in a timely manner. This would lead to improved research output by students and faculty and ultimately improved research output by the university. University library management may also benefit in improving the collection development process, thereby making it more economical. The findings may also be useful in decision-making and policy development on matters pertaining to collection development at the University of Nairobi and other universities. Furthermore, the findings may be used by researchers to provide context and background information for future research on collection development in public universities locally and regionally.

Originality/value

This paper fulfills the need to make the collection development process in university libraries more efficient by proposing ways of addressing the challenges experienced.

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Library Management, vol. 43 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Article
Publication date: 3 January 2017

Stuart Hunt

The purpose of this paper is to highlight collection development activity in UK higher education libraries and to place it within both a conceptual and strategic context.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight collection development activity in UK higher education libraries and to place it within both a conceptual and strategic context.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses a theoretical approach to collection development and content strategy derived from literary theory to contextualise debates. It uses current examples from collection management within UK academic libraries.

Findings

This paper suggests that collection development is not exclusively a library practitioner activity but needs to be considered within a wider context that takes account of multiple strands of collection selection and management. Collection development cannot be considered in isolation but alongside collection management and in relation to content strategy.

Research limitations/implications

This paper includes consideration of the topic of collection development that is influenced by other disciplines, notably literary theory. This suggests that research in library science should include input from other disciplines.

Practical implications

This paper includes implications for content development within academic libraries that suggest that a re-focus at the strategic level of content is required.

Originality/value

This paper introduces a conceptual register to collection development outside of traditional library science models and posits a move to strategy.

Article
Publication date: 13 January 2012

Syombua Kasalu and Joseph Bernard Ojiambo

The purpose of this study was to find out ways in which collection development practices in private university libraries in Kenya could be enhanced by the use of…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study was to find out ways in which collection development practices in private university libraries in Kenya could be enhanced by the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on research that was carried out on the application of ICTs in collection development in selected private universities in Kenya. The study was done using a survey method. Three universities and a total of 72 respondents were purposively selected for the study. The respondents included librarians, faculty deans and postgraduate students from the three universities.

Findings

The findings indicated that ICTs were available in all the three selected universities but their application in collection development was not adequate in ensuring efficiency and in making sure that the library collections are effective in meeting the needs of the users.

Originality/value

With the changing information environment and users' information needs, libraries are being compelled to adopt ICTs in order to remain relevant and increase their value and meet the changing needs of the users. The paper recommends different ways of applying ICTs in all the processes of collection development to make the process more efficient and effective in meeting the needs of the users.

Article
Publication date: 4 January 2016

Ghalib Khan and Rubina Bhatti

The study aims to explore the factors which influence collection development and management in academic libraries. In libraries and information centres, collection

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Purpose

The study aims to explore the factors which influence collection development and management in academic libraries. In libraries and information centres, collection development is considered an essential element of the information life cycle. Collection development and management activities do not emanate from a vacuum. Several factors have a direct bearing on the way in which collections are developed and managed in the academic libraries. These factors are bridges and barriers for effective collection development and management.

Design/methodology/approach

An extensive review of the available literature was made to conduct the study.

Findings

The study found that several factors have a direct bearing on the way in which collections are developed and managed in the academic libraries. These factors include goals of collection development and management policies and procedures, user needs, collection development policies (CDPs), collection development budgets, collection evaluation to determine the strength and weaknesses of various subjects in the collections, selection of reading materials, formats in which materials are selected, the issues of access versus ownership, cooperative collection development, resource-sharing programs and legal issues in collection development and management.

Originality/value

This study provides an overview of various factors that influence collection development activities in the academic libraries. It provides an insight for the selectors of library resources to take these factors into account for building effective collections in the academic libraries of Pakistan and abroad.

Article
Publication date: 1 April 1985

Keith Michael Fiels

Imagine, if you will, that the year 2010 has arrived, and that many of the wonderful things that librarians worked so hard for in the last half of the twentieth century…

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Imagine, if you will, that the year 2010 has arrived, and that many of the wonderful things that librarians worked so hard for in the last half of the twentieth century have come to pass. Libraries of all types, large and small, are linked through a network of automated systems, providing total bibliographic access to the holdings of every library. Better still, patrons now receive items in hours or days through a combination of telefacsimile and ultrafast delivery. To the users, each library has become a gateway to all resources held by all libraries, and library information services are “location transparent,” that is, the patron has little awareness of where a piece of information may in fact have come from—it may be from a library across the street or from one across the country.

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Collection Building, vol. 7 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

Article
Publication date: 1 June 1994

Cephas Odini

Discusses fundamental problems encountered at the Kenya PolytechnicLibrary in collection development, particularly the problems ofinadequate funding, lack of collection

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Discusses fundamental problems encountered at the Kenya Polytechnic Library in collection development, particularly the problems of inadequate funding, lack of collection development policy and those associated with foreign purchases. Highlights the various factors which librarians at the polytechnic ought to consider in order to realize brighter collection development prospects. These factors include the formulation of suitable collection development policy, the organization of gifts and exchange practices and participation in resource‐sharing programmes with other national polytechnics and universities. Suggests an introduction of library development levy and also the practice of collection weeding.

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Library Management, vol. 15 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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