Janus Conference on Research Library Collections October 2005

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This is a collection of papers and presentations related to or presented at the Janus Conference on Research Library Collections: Managing the Shifting Ground Between Readers and Writers, October 9-11, 2005, Cornell University, Ithaca , NY.

Recordings from this conference are also available in eCommons in the Internet First University Press collection "Janus Conference on Research Library Collections"


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    Introduction for the Break-Out Sessions: Six Key Challenges for the Future of Collection Development
    Atkinson, Ross (2006-01-09T16:25:26Z)
    This article presents an overview of a range of key challenges facing collection development. It first considers the evolving nature of collections, and in so doing, confirms that the concept of the collection in the new environment remains valid and crucial to scholarship and services. It discusses the main players in the information exchange process. Finally, it outlines six key challenges in collection development for academic research libraries
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    Intelligent Design and the Evolution of American Research Library Collections
    Edelman, Hendrik (2006-01-03T15:55:11Z)
    This paper disusses the the forces that have shaped American research library collections, how collection development emerged as a professional responsibility in the second part of the 20th century, and how the profession has empowered itself through research, methodology, documentation and education.
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    Collection Development in the Day of Google
    Sandler, Mark (2005-11-30T19:58:21Z)
    The powerpoint presentation given by Mark Sandler at the Janus Conference on Research Library Collections, October 10, 2005.
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    Key Challenges for Collection Development
    Atkinson, Ross (2005-11-30T19:54:06Z)
    The powerpoint presentation given by Ross Atkinson at the Janus Conference on Research Library Collections, October 10,2005,
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    Collection Development: A Summary of Workshop Discussions
    Dudley, Norman (American Library Association. Resources and Technical Services Division, 1979)
    The author presents a summary of the five workshop discussions held at the Preconference Institute on Collection Development sponsored by the Collection Development Committee, Resources Section , RTSD, Detroit, MI June 1977.
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    Allocation of Funds in Support of Collection Development in Public Libraries
    Bender, Ann (American Library Association. Resources and Technical Services Division, 1979)
    A discussion of allocation of funds in support of colleciton development in public libraries based primarily on interviews held with administrative officers of the Brooklyn Pulic Library and Tompkins County (New York) Public Library is presented. The author concludes that no materials budget, however strong, can be used effectively without quality service at the level where the individual librarian brings material and patron together.
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    The Necessity for a Collection Development Policy Statement
    Feng, Y. T. (American Library Association. Resources and Technical Services Division, 1979)
    The heart of the library lies in its collection, and collections have to be built continuously. Budgetary constraints perforce stress the need for better defined collection development policy, although the ultimate goal should be an improvement of library service rather than any reduction of library cost. A written collection development policy facilitates a consistent and balanced growth of library resources, and a dynamic policy is one that evolves as the institution grows. Such as policy is based on the understanding of the needs of the community it serves and seeks to define and limit the goals and objectives of the institution. A collection development statement is not a substitute for books selection; it charts the forest but does not plant the trees. It should be used as a guidepost, not a crutch. Book selection requires judgement and the courage to choose. A sound collection development policy, on the other hand, provides the necessary rationale without which a collection may grow amoebalike, by means of pseudopodia.
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    Collection development and management at Cornell : a concluding report on activities of the Cornell University Libraries' project for collection development and management, July 1979-June 1980, with proposals for future planning
    Miller, J. Gormly (Cornell University Library, 1981)
    Miller's work addresses two primary audiences, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which funded the two-year study at Cornell, and the University's administrators, who would assess the extent to which they would underwrite the report's recommendations. It lays out a series of activities that the library conducted to measure the Project's research design and makes specific recommendations for the organization, selection policy, budget control and planning of collection development at Cornell. The report's scope and tone-- whose principal leitmotifs are limits, controls and bounds-- contrasts sharply with the optimism of the interim report, written two years earlier.
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    Collection development and management at Cornell : an interim report on activities of the Cornell University Libraries' project for collection development and management, July 1977-June 1979 ; prepared under a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    Edelman, Hendrik; Hazen, Dan C. (Cornell University Library, 1979)
    This document covers the first year-and-a-half of the Cornell University Libraries' Project for Collection Development and Management and as such is primarily a statement of the issues that the the Library faced and the investigative design that Edelman proposed to address them. The issues-- decline in acquisitions rates, concern over methodology for funds allocation, library space-- will seem remarkably contemporary. Twenty-five years on, readers will be struck by the writers' confidence that all research library activity derived from the collections and that their description, evaluation and planning would, necessarily, improve services.
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    Collection Evaluation in Research Libraries: The Search for Quality, Consistency, and System in Collection Development
    Mosher, Paul H. (American Library Association. Resources and Technical Services Division, 1979)
    The history, literature, and methodology of collection evaluation or assessment in American research libraries are reviewed, current problems, tools, and methodology of evaluation are discussed; and an ongoing collection evaluation program at Stanford University Libraries is described.