Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Technical Services Law Librarian

Publication Date

12-2010

Abstract

One of the most important functions of the regular review of a collection development policy is the opportunity to revisit the fundamentals of collection development. Regardless of whether we are public, private or academic entities, the basic considerations in creating and maintaining a collection development policy remain the same. We start with the library mission. Whom do we serve, and why? Knowing the focus and purpose of our service is important, but translating that knowledge into timely and relevant policies that inform our decisions is absolutely critical to excellence in service-oriented librarianship. And there is an even greater value in asking these questions as our organizations experience rapid and pervasive change. When the answers to these questions change, our policies should take those changes into account. What we do and how we do it should be derived from whom we serve and why. When one changes, it is incumbent on us to reconsider the other.

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