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Steps of Library collection development policy

Various steps of Library collection development policy:

Library collection development policies usually consist of the following selection and are organized in the following order:
  1. Introduction: This explains why the policy has been written and by whom. It also describes the community that is to be served.
  2. philosophy and goals: The objectives of the library and its parent institution are set forth here.
  3. Selection statement: At this point, various subject fields must be considered. Such as: comprehensive, research, study, basic, minimal, age language, special formats and budgetary limitation.
  4. Problem areas: These usually includes the followings: duplications of materials and number of copies purchased, replacement of worn-out or lost items, binding and handling of desiderata.
  5. Special format: This section usually deals with non-book formats such: periodicals, pamphlets, manuscripts, micro-print and the myriad types of audio-visual materials.
  6. Gifts: It is hoped that the library will decide to apply the same standards for selection of gift materials that applies for purchased materials.
  7. Weeding: It must be decided what is to be weeded and how material is to be disposed off.
  8. Intellectual freedom: The most important part of this section is a detailed plan by the governing board. such as: how complaints are to be handled and what is to be done when the library is the subject of a campaign by an individual or group to have materials removed from its shelves.
  9. Revision: Periodic revision and updating are much simpler than rewriting the policy after a long period of inattention.



Md. Ashikuzzaman

Work at North South University Library, Bangladesh.

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