Monday, October 1, 2007

Collection Building for Today and Tomorrow

Genco, Barbara. "20 Maxims for Collection Building" Library Journal (15 September 2007)( - Barbara Genco summarizes her curriculum for a library school course on collection development principles, theory, and practice in twenty talking points for LJ. Genco embraces emerging and standard technologies as a way to assist librarians in a changing environment. Highlighted issues on her list include security and self-check; user-generated tagging in addition to MARC; content vs. containers; off-site storage and digitization; downloadable digital materials; and the possibility of "one big library." Genco has her eye on the big picture of libraries and collections, and invites us to join her in evaluating what we're doing in our libraries to prepare for the future that's here today.

--Reprinted by permission from Current Cites 18(9) (September 2007)

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