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Collection development

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A term that covers the activities related to the building of a library collection: setting selection policy, assessing user needs, studying collection use, selecting materials, maintaining the collection, weeding, etc..

The process of planning and building a coherent and useful collection of library materials over a period of years, based on an assessment of the information needs of the library's regular clientele, including selection, de-selection (weeding), and planning for resource sharing. See also: collection management.

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