- to know the importance of collections in any library;
- to be aware of the different stages of collection development;
- to have a strong belief for a written collection development policy;
- to examine what are the features to be included in a written policy;
- to know how helpful is a written policy for guidance;
- to be acquainted with IFLA’s document of collection development policy.
Library Collections in Special Libraries
Library Collection Development
Characteristics of collection development policy
- Collection development policy is an official document
- This official document may be used as individually
- A government or a parent body may implement the document for the institutes being governed under its administration
- Document once made is not static rather amenable to its modification in the form of amendment.
- Adherence to this document is to be mandate so that its value is retained.
- Amendment should be flexible so that any changes can be made according to the budget as well the subscription time to time.
Why a written collection development policy?
The wider context
Collection development policy elements
- The written statements should be made of special subject or format collections that represent unique materials for which special guidelines apply.
- The scope of the coverage should clearly be made in terms of the language of the resources collected or excluded specific areas or geographical fields excluded chronological periods covered by the collection in terms of scholarly content included and excluded.
- Subject listed should be organized by a standard classification scheme which helps in handling in long list of documents.
- Other categories of information which were not covered under a given subject or having interdisciplinary nature are to be categorically stated
- Extra factors highlighting the local importance are to be kept in mind while listing the resources.
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