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Working with Library Collections

An Introduction for Support Staff

Hali R. Keeler

Working with Collections: An Introduction for Support Staff deals with the technical service aspect of library work- the processes that put a book on the shelf or online. It provides an introduction to publishers, vendors, preparing items for use, and caring for items in the collections and is both a text for professors who teach in library support staff programs and their students, and an introductory manual for support staff who work in libraries.

This material is written in clear language with practical examples of how performance can contribute to exemplary library service. It is aligned with the ALA support staff standards and prepares library support staff to:

  • Know how to use an integrated library system and other appropriate online tools.
  • Know the basic principles of collection development and management.
  • Assist with decisions regarding selection, de-selection, retention and replacement of all types of library resources.
  • Know the basic principles, and can apply, the appropriate procedures to the processes that provide users with access to a wide variety of content.
  • Know the various ways in which content, in multiple formats, is produced and distributed to libraries.
  • Understand the value of resource sharing agreements and apply them to collection decisions.
  • Know and use the recognized standard evaluative sources to assist with collection development.
  • Know the principles and basic practices regarding the preservation of library resources.
  • Apply appropriate methods and techniques for accurate preparation of library resources
  • Explain and apply policies regarding library collections.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 196Size: 7 x 10
978-1-4422-7488-4 • Hardback • January 2017 • $75.00 • (£49.95)
978-1-4422-7489-1 • Paperback • January 2017 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
978-1-4422-7490-7 • eBook • January 2017 • $33.00 • (£22.95)
Hali R. Keeler has been an Adjunct Professor since 1998 in the Library Technology program at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT, where she formerly served as Program Coordinator. She teaches Library Public Services, Library Technical Services, and Management Strategies. Retired after 35 years in public library service as a Children’s Librarian and as a Library Director, she has been a longtime member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association and the Connecticut Library Association. Hali earned her M.L.S. from the University of Rhode Island.
List of Figures
List of Tables and Textboxes
Editorial Advisory Board
Chapter 1: Library Collections Today
Chapter 2: Collection Development
Chapter 3: Selection
Chapter 4: Acquisitions
Chapter 5:Collection Management
Chapter 6: Inventory and Deselection

Chapter 7: Technology Tools and Services
Chapter 8: Collection Statistics and Use

Chapter 9: Preparing Materials for Circulation
Chapter 10: Preservation and Security
Chapter 11:Basic Material Repair
About the Author
Building and caring for collections, whether physical or electronic, is a critical aspect of library work. This text introduces support staff to the important concepts in library acquisitions, budgeting, policies, collection management and care, and even marketing resources for maximum patron use.
Sandra Smith Rosado, Head of Technical Services, J. Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

The complete text for those wanting to know about library collection management, Keeler’s straight-forward writing style and real-world examples allow you to easily grasp collection concepts.
Amy Leoni, Director of Teaching and Learning, Program Chair Library Paraprofessional Degree, Belmont College

The structure and range of topics included in this book will provide an excellent introduction to collections. In addition, there are clear definitions given with every chapter, and great discussion questions and activities.
Susan Pinkerton, Ph.D, Professor, New Mexico State University – Doña Ana Community College

This text is unique in that it specifically addresses the competencies required for the LSSC Program of the ALA. It provides an excellent introduction to the principles and practices of collection development for both LTA students as well as library support staff new to this area of specialization. The discussion questions and activities will be particularly helpful for instructors allowing for a more in-depth examination of the topics covered.
Linda D. Morrow, Association Librarian/ Public Services, Palomar College