Title: Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices
Editor: Sara Holder
Hardback: 978-1-46661-897-8; $175; perpetual access $265; print and perpetual access  $350
(Individual chapters can be purchased for $30.)
Imprint: : Hershey, Pa. : IGI Global, 2012


“Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices addresses the challenging task of collection development in modern academic libraries, which is largely learned on the job. This publication contains practical advice and innovative strategies and will therefore be essential for current collection development librarians and future librarians seeking guidance in this complex position…

In this collection, the authors describe approaches to collection development carried out in support of professional and/or applied academic programs (e.g., law, teacher education, medicine, business, architecture, library science, etc.). The practice of selecting materials and maintaining collections for these types of programs has many commonalities with that involved in supporting other academic programs; however, there are also certain aspects that make it quite different. In particular, there is an added emphasis on the currency of materials, as the graduates in many of these programs will need to pass a certification exam or be able to prove to an accrediting association or organization that they have the appropriate skills and knowledge to join the profession. Selectors whose collections support programs of this type must ensure that their collections include the materials that will aid students in gaining the skills and knowledge they will need. The programs themselves also often have to be approved by an accrediting body and many such approvals include a requirement that the associated library collection be examined to ensure that it too meets all of the requirements for accreditation…

Topics covered:

  • Business, commerce, and management library collections
  • Collection development
  • Collection management
  • Engineering library collections
  • Law library collections
  • Library information systems
  • Library science
  • Medical, nursing, dentistry, and pharmaceutical library collections
  • Social work and counseling library collections
  • Teacher education library collections

(Sara Holder is an Associate Librarian and Head of the Education Library and Curriculum Resources Centre at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.)