“I attended an excellent session on collection development for law libraries at the Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference last week.”
“Collection development symposium – audience suggestions:
– Continuous need for re-evaluating your collection, talking to your users and finding out their requirements.
– Resource sharing agreements and relationships. Look to work together with different library units. Divide up responsibility for different topics.
– Negotiate for the portion of the content you want (commentary/analysis).
– Work with the publishers on bundling of the electronic commentary on their sites with pricing and licensing that works for the users.
– Consortia and interlibrary loans.
– Visit vendor booths and give feedback. Request bound formats – talk to authors.
– Needs assessments – feedback from front-line librarians.
– Get your library community involved. Building of relationships and review of collection.
– Communicate and build trust with the vendors.
– Collaboration with other library communities.
– Collection usage statistics are key.
I- mplementing rotational cancellation of loose-leaf services.”
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