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Collection Management Policies
From the Massachusetts Policy Collection, a community dependent aggregator of policies from Massachusetts libraries.
caveat lector: links may be broken
Another handy resource guide from MLS. Consultant April Mazza demystifies collection curation. Topics covered include: Book evaluation (which is different from reviews), refreshing collections, and tackling racism in classic children's literature.
Continuous Review, Evaluation & Weeding is a de rigeur professional standard intended for public libraries using Dewey classification. CREW is an extension of MUSTIE. The full guide is available to download for free.
Weeding Library Collections: A Selected Annotated Bibliography for Library Collection Evaluation
For the discerning Collection Manager, a reading list curated by fellow librarians through ALA professional activity. ALA Fact Sheet 15.
Public Library Core Collection - Nonfiction 2019 by
Wilson's Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction (17th Edition, 2019) recommends reference and nonfiction books for the general adult audience. It is a guide to over 9,000, plus review sources and other professional aids for librarians and media specialists.
Fiction Core Collection, 18th Edition (2016) by
Wilson's Fiction Core Collection (18th Edition, 2016) recommends novels, novellas, and story collections for the general adult audience. It is a guide to over 8,000 books, plus review sources and other professional aids for librarians.
Children's Core Collection by
The Children's Core Collection, (23rd Edition, 2018) is a guide of approximately 12,000 books, covering fiction and nonfiction works, story collections, picture books, graphic novels and magazines recommended for readers from preschool through grade six. It is a comprehensive list of recommended books for children, together with review sources and other professional aids for librarians and school media specialists.
Senior High Core Collection by
A Four-Volume, Four-Year Collection Development Program H.W. Wilson's Senior High Core Collection (18th Edition) is an ongoing program to identify the best, most current material available to your library. It includes a main, library-bound guide to over 8,000 books plus review sources and other professional aids for librarians and school media specialists. Plus three subsequent, annual supplements to identify new and important work. The Collection is a selective list of fiction and non-fiction books recommended for grades 9 through 12. It includes analytical entries for parts of books, a list of recommended periodicals for high school libraries, and a list of recommended electronic resources. Titles are selected by librarians, editors, advisors, and nominators-all of them experts in services to adolescents and young adults. The Collection is a valuable tool for collection development and maintenance, reader's advisory and curriculum support for the high school library or institution supporting high school students. Richly enhanced records provide a wealth of useful information. All entries include complete bibliographic data as well as price, subject headings, annotations, grade level, Dewey classification, cover art, and quotations from reviews. Many entries also list awards, best-book lists, and starred reviews.
Search the MLS Professional Collection
Make Shift Happen - pre-class videos
Professional resources informing your decisions
Medical Library Association
MLA publishes the few books offering guidance of consumer health and health science libraries.
Doody's Core Titles
A collection development tool for health sciences libraries of all sizes including title recommendations from 200+ medical librarians and content experts.
Choice is a publishing unit at the Association of College & Research Libraries. Choice provides objective, high-quality evaluations of nonfiction academic writing.
Resources for College Libraries
A collaborative effort between ACRL's Choice and Bowker, this resource covers the entire two-year and four-year college curriculum and provides a list of core titles that are essential for undergraduate study.
ALCTS Collection Management Resources
The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services is the ALA division offering the most comprehensive guidance for all things collection management.
What you need to weed
- Library's Collection Management Policy
- Library or Organization's Strategic Plan (aka Long Range Plan)
- Any appropriate Core Catalog (ex. HW Wilson, Credo)
- Professional standards
- ex. CREW selection standards
- ex. Medical Library Association guidance
- ex. Diversity Audit guidance from your professional association
You are the magic ingredient that takes into consideration the above guidance handed down by your community, your profession, and your circulation system. With your knowledge and professional skills, you balance that guidance with what you know about your community and budget, as well as industry trends.
Make Shift Happen - the virtual class
Giving learners slides from this class is usually not helpful (animation heavy, mostly images, not a lot of helpful content). This worksheet provides nudges for taking notes about important content.
Project plan worksheet
A page of prompts to nudge you through the planning of a weeding project.
The following works are cited in the Make Shift Happen class and related videos:
Slote, Stanley J. 1997. Weeding library collections library weeding methods. Englewood, Colo: Libraries Unlimited.
Roy, Loriene. 1990. "Weeding Without Tears". Collection Management. 12 (1-2): 83-93.
Shaw, Ralph R. "The Influence of Sloping Shelves on Book Circulation." The Library Quarterly 8, no. 4 (1938): 480-90.
Collection analysis is a process of calculating rudimentary performance metrics using holdings and circulation data. The calculations may point out parts of the collection that need to be weeded, or need to be grown. Collection analysis is a useful tool in that it doesn't offer generalizations based on national standards, but quantifies performance based on how your community actually uses your library.
Please reach out to Anna Popp, MLS Consultant with questions or for one-on-one help with your collection analysis.