Friday, April 3, 2009

Tips on How to Craft Collection Development Policies?

In crafting your own collection development policies, you need to consider the following:

1. The school's vision, mission goals and objectives (VMGOs). The main purpose of any library is to support the activities of the parent institution.

2. The library's vision, mission, goals and objectives. Policies must be based on the existing VMGOs which also based from the parent institution's VMGOs.

3. The opinion of the constituents. You need to make a survey. In doing this, you are involving in a way your direct clients in the formulation of your proposed policies.

4. The existing collection development standards. Consider the standards of accrediting agencies such as PACU-COA, PAASCU, etc.; government agencies such as Commission on Higher Education, PRC Board for Librarians, etc.; professional associations standards such as ALAP, PAARL, etc.; and even international standards such as ALA, IFLA, etc.

5. The existing collection development policies of other prestigious libraries. The policies of those libraries can be adopted if it will suit to your library.

6. Other internal policies of the parent institution especially on procedures. An example of this is the policy on purchasing which can only be done through bidding.

7. The capability of the library. This may refer to the library budget, administrator's support to the library, etc.

8. The library itself. This refers to the collection, services and other resources of the library.

9. The curricula. Demand is the governing factor in book selection. Materials to be purchased must always be in support of the courses offered by the institution.

Note: Collaborative efforts are far more better than one-man effort.

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