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Collection Development Manual 2005
Circulating Collection Formats

Audio Books

Collection Goal: increase collection size of CD format, maintain collection size of audiocassette format, weeding as necessary.

Major Subclasses Collecting Guidelines Selection Sources Weeding Guidelines Action Items
Class as a whole Collect fiction, mysteries, science fiction, short stories, radio shows, biographies, and general nonfiction

Collect just a few educational series

Collect just a few success/motivation series

Purchase only if we can get replacement media.

Selection criteria are excellence in quality of writing, narrative voice and style, vocal characterizations, appropriateness for audio format, enhancement of text, packaging, and demand.

AudioFile and its book Audio Books on the Go

LJ, PW, Boston Globe,

Publishers catalogs (Teaching Company, Chivers, ISIS, BOT, Blackstone, BBC Audio

Patron requests.

Weed by condition and number of circulations. Abridged tapes rarely last beyond 60 circs. Unabridged tapes (esp. Recorded Books) can last 150 circs and beyond.

Replace individual tapes if feasible. Three tapes repaired or replaced and the entire item is weeded.


Optimize shelving and display in the reconfigured first floor


Concentrate purchasing on Books on CD.  Buy very few books on cassette.

Unabridged Our patrons prefer unabridged and our policy is to buy mostly unabridged recordings Recorded Books standing order plan    
Abridged Purchase sparingly when selected as "Best of the Year" by standard sources, when they are a selection of the audio online book club, or when a bestseller from PW and an unabridged edition is not yet in print. Add only those gifts that are of current interest, as well as some popular classics.

We do add some abridged versions of very long nonfiction

eAudio See also our eAudio section      


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