Reference Collection Development

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Updated Bibliography, 1990-1997

This is selective bibliography is a project of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section's (CODES) Reference Collection Development and Evaluation Committee. It identifies books, reports, chapters, and articles published between 1990 and 1997 that deal with some aspect of reference collection management. The listing continues the 1991 compilation of articles on this topic, which was published as Reference Collection Development: A Bibliography (RASD Occasional Papers, Number 11).

The entries in this bibliography are grouped into 10 sections: general guidelines, policy formulation, sample policies, organization and staffing, budgeting, selection, collection maintenance, ready reference collections, evaluation, and electronic reference sources. The Electronic Reference Sources section includes citations to materials that discuss related collection development issues only; evaluations of specific products were not included, since these become dated as new versions are released. Materials that focus on products available for a specific discipline (e.g., chemistry) or a specific type of reference material (e.g., encyclopedias) were also not included, for the same reason. The citations to material on the Internet and the World Wide Web are limited to discussions of collection development issues only.

Members from several "generations" of the RASD Reference Collection Development and Evaluation Committee contributed citations and annotations for this bibliography. The listing was edited by Jean McManus, Catherine Brown, and Caroline Harnly.

* Articles marked with an asterisk appear in The Reference Librarian, volume 29, 1990 and were copublished in a monograph entitled Weeding and Maintenance of Reference Collections, edited by Sidney Pierce, published by Haworth Press.

# Articles marked with the pound sign appear in The Reference Librarian, volume 33, 1991, and were copublished in a monograph entitled Opportunities for Reference Services: The Bright Side of Reference Services in the 1990s, edited by Bill Katz, published by Haworth Press.

General Guidelines

Fischer, Karen. "Collection Development: Look Before You Leap, for Those Who Hesitate Are Lost" in Community College Reference Services, ed. by Bill Katz, 312-25. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1992.

Good contextual information on the type of library common at community colleges, the "learning resource center" or LRC. Thoughtful sections on collection assessment in general, collection policies, and reference collection issues for community colleges with limited budgets.

Hattendorf, Lynn C. The Art of Reference Collection Development. 1990. ERIC Document no. ED335049.

Text of the author's presentation to the 99th Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Library Association. Argues that in order to select reference materials effectively, (1) a library should appoint a librarian to be coordinator of reference collection development and (2) guidelines for selecting materials should be developed.

Lang, Jovian, ed. Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries. 5th ed. Ad hoc Subcommittee of the Reference Sources Committee of the Reference and Adult Services Division. Chicago: American Library Association, 1992.

This work lists and succinctly annotates 1,974 reference works suitable for small and medium-sized libraries. Sources are in all formats and are appropriate for all levels, juvenile through adult. The guide is intended as an evaluative checklist and as a selection tool.

Luchsinger, Dale. "Developing the Reference Collection" in Community College Reference Services, ed. by Bill Katz, 106-12. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1992.

Succinct overview of reference book selection sources, review publications, and evaluations of reference collections in community colleges. Some attention is given to providing reference sources and periodical indexes appropriate to community college students. …