Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success
128 pages • 6⅛ x 9¼
Librarians seeking to stretch their budgets during economically challenged times are turning to "floating collections" as a solution—where movement of material is generated by hold requests and items remain where they are checked in. It's likely that in a very short time, floating collections will move from best practice to standard practice.
This easy-to-use, comprehensive guide shows how to establish a floating collection in any library—regardless of type or size.
Despite its increasing popularity, there are few published works about floating and floating collections. Virtually no one has addressed critical long-term issues like core collections, material selection, and weeding after floating has taken place. Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success makes all of this urgently needed information available in one place.
This unique guidebook defines "floating," explains the pros and cons, explores the impact of floating collections on collection work, and enables readers to establish a floating collection in any library. Not only does this book help librarians to decide rationally if, how, and when to float, it also outlines a how-to process for maximum success based on the real-world experience of many systems and identifies ways to maximize the advantages of a floating collection. In addition, the author addresses common collection concerns and outlines workable solutions for problematic issues that can arise.
- Checklists for various stages of the floating process
- Frequently asked questions for staff members
- A bibliography of publications on floating collections, covering websites of floating libraries, PLA presentations, articles, and listserv archives
- An index covers major topics, libraries described within the text, as well as interviewed individuals
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