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Collection Development Manual 2005
Circulating Collection Formats

General Works 000-099

Collection Goal: maintain collection size except for Computer books which will increase considerably

Major Subclasses Collecting Guidelines Selection Sources Weeding Guidelines Action Items
Class as whole Small collection, except for computer and library science books.  Standard review sources

Publishers' Catalogs

Ingram Advance

Amazon, B&N

Check at 3 - 5 yrs

Only titles of continuing interest should be kept more than 10 yrs


Computers 004-006 Collect for beginning through advanced users

Concentrate on operating systems, office applications, databases, Internet, programming

Very high circulation and very high turnover rate.  Collect heavily.

TAB, Prima, Que, Microsoft Press, O'Reilly, IDG, SAMS, Sybex, Osbourne, Waite, Peachpit, Wiley

Computer best-seller lists

Known series


Consider for weeding after 3 yrs. Keep titles on programs still in use. 

Internet titles - two yrs

Most titles weeded after 5 yrs

Label computer book shelves by subject

Create endcap slatwall display

Library Science
Especially titles for public libraries

Some desk copies


LJ Most title weeded after 10 yrs  
General Encyclopedias
Internet has reduced importance of circulating encyclopedias Transfer older editions from Reference Only keep a couple of sets  
Great Books

General Collections

Collect sparingly

Replace compilations with individual works when available

Donations, standard sources Control the urge to weed.  Reference loves these for backup!  


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