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Collection management

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The application of quantitative techniques, such as statistical and cost-benefit analysis, in collection development. The management of library collections is a large part of libraries' operational expenses. Collection management includes:

  • Collection development - Researching and assessing potential additions to the collection
  • Acquisitions - Purchasing selected titles and processing gift books
  • Cataloging - Creating bibliographic entries for holdings in the library catalog
  • Maintenance - Preservation of existing collections (see bindery)
  • Circulation - Managing collections via shelf reading, shifting collections based on space needs, and, of course, supervising the circulation of library materials to patrons
  • Deselection - Weeding library collections and withdrawing/disposing of them

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