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Collection Development Manual 2005
Circulating Collection Formats

Literature  800-899

Collection Goal: maintain collection size

Major Subclasses Collecting Guidelines Selection Sources Weeding Guidelines Action Items
Class as a whole Collection is by nature 90% retrospective

Use of this collection is declining

Look for current and new trends (world lit)

Purchase heavily series like Norton Anthologies, Penguin Books of ..., Oxford Anthologies, Library of America, Modern Library editions, etc.

Purchase critical material on popular authors

Supplement with reference sets

Purchase for school assignments at the high school level, including multiple copies for items in high demand (Shakespeare, New England authors, Greek classics, etc)

Keep in mind course requirements in local schools (Curriculum Frameworks)

Standard review sources

Public Library Catalog

Best Books lists


Weed by condition, replacing heavily used standards with new, attractive editions

Weed trendy authors when interest fades

American Lit

New England Lit

Collect relatively heavily in this area, as there is high school interest      
World Lit Collect for new immigrant groups in the Merrimack Valley -- Russian, Indian, Chinese

Maintain basic collection of standard works in other languages in current translations.

Maintain small collection of classics in their original language (French, Spanish, German, Greek, etc)

Specialized catalogs

Specialized book stores

  Replace standard Spanish titles


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