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Collection Development Manual 2005
Circulating Collection Formats

Biography  B

Collection Goal: maintain collection size; increase numbers of items in demand
 

Major Subclasses Collecting Guidelines Selection Sources Weeding Guidelines Action Items
Class as a whole   Standard reviews

Publishers catalogs - especially for YA

Popular media generate requests

Bibliographies

  Create better signage for collection, including alerting patrons to other areas where bio material can be found (sports, art, music, etc.)
Individual biography Very popular

Demand often drives purchase

Heavy student use - look for more compact bios to meet this need

Collect bios of previously under represented groups (women, African-Americans, Hispanics)

Current collection is strong

  Replace older bios with new ones of better quality

Replace standard titles still in demand, unless newer books exist

Discard carefully when demand subsides

 
Collected biography Underutilized because of inaccessibility in cataloging.  Buy lightly.      
Autobiographies

Memoirs

 

Celebrity autobiogs often ghost-written

Memoirs currently very popular

     
Letters

Diaries

Often very literary

Purchase only when heavily reviewed and demand is anticipated

     

 

Last updated: July 07, 2014
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