August 29, 2014

Highlights From The Survey of Academic Library Subject Specialists: Biology & Medical Sciences

Selected findings from a new Primary Research Group report. From the The Survey of Academic Library Subject Specialists: Biology & Medical Sciences Summary Page: This study is based on data from 55 colleges with programs in medicine and biology, predominantly from medical schools and PhD-level or research universities in the United States, Canada, the UK, […]

Editor’s Note: Open-Web Collection Development

In today’s special infoDOCKET edition of LJXpress, we are collecting a few examples of some of the high-quality open-web resources we’ve shared on infoDOCKET during the past year. They are also examples of the types of open-web resources libraries should be increasingly collecting and promoting.

Why? It’s time to give open-web collection development the attention it deserves. In most respects this is nothing new. It’s simply taking what we’ve always done—as when we build collections of print and electronic tools—and adapting these concepts for the open web.

What’s included below is only a tiny portion of what we’ve selected to share on infoDOCKET and an even tinier portion of what’s available on the open web. We hope you join us on infoDOCKET or on Twitter via @infoDOCKET each day as we share news and new resources and tools for you to know about, learn, and share.

Thanks for reading –

Gary Price, Editor, LJ’s infoDOCKET

A New Powerful Review/Collection Development Resource from Media Source: Book Verdict

Congrats to my Media Source colleagues on the launch of the new Book Verdict resource. This new subscription service provides searchable access to more than 30o,000 book and media reviews from more than 20 years of LJ, SLJ, The Horn Book, and Junior Library Guild. New reviews will be added to the database weekly. From […]

Columbia and Cornell University Libraries: Latin American and Iberian Studies Collection Development Agreement Announced

From the Columbia University Libraries News Release: Columbia and Cornell University Libraries will collaboratively support the Latin American and Iberian Studies collection development activities of both institutions. This follows in a series of resource-sharing agreements between Columbia and Cornell developed through the 2CUL partnership. Columbia University’s Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian, Sean Knowlton, will […]

South Carolina: Library to Discard 50,000 Books

From The Post and Courier: The Charleston County Public Library is in the midst of its first major spring cleaning in 15 years, and officials say roughly 50,000 books are coming off the shelves. That’s between 2 percent and 3 percent of the 1.5 million volume collection. Library officials say most of these volumes are […]

Library of Congress Appoints Joseph Puccio as Collections Development Officer

From an LC Announcement: Joseph A. Puccio, head of the Acquisitions Fiscal and Support Office at the Library of Congress, has been named collections development officer in Library Services. In the newly established position, Puccio will plan, develop, coordinate and execute Library-wide policies and programs related to the development and selection of library materials, which […]

New: "Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries" (Full Text, Free)

Written and edited by members of IFLA’s Acquisition and Collection Development Section. There is no charge to access/download the complete guide. Title Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries 30 pages; PDF. Authors Sharon Johnson, with Ole Gunnar Evensen, Julia Gelfand, Glenda Lammers, Lynn Sipe and Nadia Zilpe Edited by members of […]

"From Stacks to the Web: the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting" (Preprint)

Title: “From Stacks to the Web: the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting Author: David W. Lewis Affiliation: Dean of the IUPUI Library Source: College and Research Libraries Abstract The existence of a ubiquitous and cheap worldwide communication’s network that increasingly makes documents easily and freely available will require a transformation of academic library collecting practice. […]

National Library of Wales Row Over SS Man's Legacy

From the BBC: The National Library of Wales has been criticised for accepting a bequest of £300,000 from a Frenchman who served in the Waffen SS in World War II. Louis Feutren was a member of the Bezen Perrot (Perrot Unit) from Brittany which fought with the Nazis. Heritage Minister Huw Lewis said he was […]

Article (Preprint): Give 'em What They Want: A One-year Study of Unmediated Patron-Driven Acquisition of E-Books"

Direct to Full Text (42 pages; PDF) Co-Authors: Karen S. Fischer (U. of Iowa) Michael Wright (U. of Iowa) Kathleen Clatanoff (YBP Library Services) Hope Barton (U. of Iowa) Edward Shreeves (U of Iowa) Source: College and Research Libraries Abstract: In September 2009 the University of Iowa Libraries embarked on an experiment with patron driven […]