COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY CRITIQUE
COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY CRITIQUE
COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY CRITIQUE
DUE DATE: (Thursday 4 April )
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. To be able to review critically and evaluate the features of a collection development policy
2. To gain an understanding of the importance of user needs in Collections Management generally, and collection development specifically
3. To develop professional writing skills utilising a report format
4. To begin to explore the concept of self-assessment as an academic and professional skill
Report: 2000 words
Self assessment and reflective discussion: 500 words
You are the Collection Development Librarian at Library X (Mareeba Shire Council Library) http://msc.qld.gov.au/libraries/ . You have been tasked with preparing a collection development policy for the library and you have decided to take an evidence based approach to creating the policy. The first step in preparing the policy is to write a report for management that critically analyses, compares and critiques the collection development policies of two libraries of the same type as Library X. The analysis will be supported by use of the literature related to collection development policies. The report will also make comprehensive recommendations related to the development and implementation of the policy
When selecting CDPs, consider the following:
• Library X (X (Mareeba Shire Council Library). must be the same type of library that you will use
In Assignment 2 & 3.
• The two policies you look at should be from the same type of library as Library X.
(That’s mean all the libraries should be a public libraries)
There are two aspects to this assignment:
• The report 2000 words
• The reflection and self allocation of grade 500 words
How to go about this assignment
1. Decide what type of library you will be focussing on in your assessment this semester. Look ahead to Assignment 2 and 3 to help you make your decision.
2. Choose two libraries ((Logan City Council Library and Coffs Harbour City Library)).
And locate their collection development policies.
3. Read the collection development policies closely.
4. Read the supplementary readings related to collection development policies recommended by the lecturer in Week 3.
( this all books from reading for week 3 and because it from my university’s library I could not but the link but this s its name :
pohrer, J. D. The end of an American (library) dream: the rise and decline of the collection development policy statement at Berkley. In Mack, D. (ed) (2011). Collection development policies: new directions for changing collections. New York: Routledge.
Excerpt: Starting page 30, with Collection development policy statements, through to page 44. From: Alabaster, C. (2010). Developing an outstanding core collection: a guide for libraries (2nd ed.). Chicago: American Library Association.
Douglas, C. S. (2011). Revising a collection development policy in a rapidly changing environment. Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 8(1), pp. 15-21.
Chapter 3: Policy, planning and budgets. In Johnson, P. (2009). Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management. Chicago: American Library Association.
Chapter 2: Collection management and collection development policies. Clayton, P. and Gorman. E. (2006) Managing Information Resources in Libraries: Collection Management in Theory and Practice. London: Facet Publishing.
Chapter 2: Formulating policy: the written collection development policy and alternative approaches. Kennedy, J. (2006) Collection Management: A Concise Introduction. Burlington: Elsevier
5. Locate and read additional readings related to collection development policies, particularly collection development policies for the type of library you are looking at. Use these readings to support your analysis.
6. Prepare your report.
7. Proof read your report! Get someone else to proof read your report for you. Edit where necessary.
8. Write a reflective discussion on the learning outcomes and undertake a self evaluation.
9. Submit your report and your self evaluation via Blackboard on the due date. If your report is ready before the due date, use the extra time to re-read it and polish your work.
A detailed breakdown of what you should include in the report and reflective discussion appears on the following page.
The report: Collection Development Policy critique
Your report should contain
• A brief overview of the two libraries. This overview should consider type, size, relationship to other organisations (for example, parent organisations), population served, and any other considerations you think are relevant.
• A table or list that outlines the key elements of a collection development policy and briefly argues the importance of each of the elements. This should be supported by the literature.
• A table that shows whether each of these elements has been included in each policy. The table should also consider how well each element is executed in each policy. The table should be clear and concise and allow for easy comparison of the two policies.
• Critical analysis in narrative form (that is, paragraphs of text and/or bullet point lists in addition to your table). This analysis may
o elaborate on the contents of the table
o discuss the importance of the elements of each of the CDPs
o elaborate on which aspects of the policy are executed well
o elaborate on which aspects one policy covers better than the other
o consider how the policies and particular elements within them might help or hinder librarians in developing useful collections
o summarise the strengths and weaknesses of each policy
o suggest how each policy could be improved
• A critical summary of the effectiveness of each of the policies that suggests which policy is a better example for Library X. This summary must include a rationale for the decision. You might like to include this aspect in your conclusion. It would be a neat way to pull together the threads of your analysis and summarise your findings.
• Comprehensive recommendations related to the development and implementation of a collection development policy at Library X.
You should use a standard report format that includes all of the key elements of a report. At a minimum, you should include the following sections:
1. Executive summary: this should be a summary of the entire report, including recommendations
2. Introduction: this section should cover
a. Purpose (of the report)
b. Scope (of the report)
c. Definition of key terms
d. Key information sources
3. Background: this section should include information about the libraries’ whose CDPs you will be discussing
You may need to use sub headings and you should number all headings and use different heading styles to create a visual distinction between heading levels.
Reflection and self allocation of grade
In addition to the report you should include a reflective discussion. Your reflective discussion should consist of two sections:
500 word reflective discussion
Your reflective discussion should consider what you have learnt from this assignment and review the quality of your work. You should consider the strengths and weakness of the work, by referring to the marking criteria provided for the assignment and to the Assignment Dimensions developed by Nulty (earlier in this study guide). Do you feel this piece of work is representative of your abilities? Some questions to prompt you may be:
• What was the thing you thought you did best in this assignment?
• What was the thing you thought you did least well in this assignment?
• What did you find the hardest part of this assignment?
• What was the most important thing you learned doing this assignment?
Self allocation of grade
Based upon your reflective discussion, what grade do you deserve for the work? The grade you allocate should reflect what you consider to be the overall quality of the whole piece of work. You should consider the overall strengths and weakness of the work – your Reflective Discussion will assist you in this process. In deciding upon the final grade you should consult the Marking Criteria provided. Remember to justify your grade allocation (ie. why does your work deserve the grade you have allocated?).