Subject-specific policy statements: A rationale and framework for collection development

Glenn S. McGuigan, Gary W. White

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Traditional collection development policy statements are broad documents intended for entire libraries or based upon certain formats or certain audience characteristics. Subject-specific policy statements are an alternative form that can be used to more clearly delineate the scope and goals of particular collections. A more detailed subject-based policy better communicates the unique characteristics of a particular collection; better assists librarians who use the collection; and aids patronswho are using collections for particular research needs. Development of the subject-based policy provides an opportunity to closely analyze the present state of collections, to examine the interests and needs of clientele, and to strategically plan the future of the collection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection Development Policies
Subtitle of host publicationNew Directions for Changing Collections
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780203826836
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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