"This title is a perfect fit for both public and academic librarians. The word 'rethinking' is apt; this guide truly examines current changes in library collections. New librarians will want to dive into the volume . . . Experienced librarians might skip around, using the book as a reference for pertinent topics, such as ebooks and digital collections. . . . It is a solid companion to any of the American Library Association fundamentals of collection development books. The textbook-style reading is ideal for academic librarians, public librarians, or MLS students."
"What makes this book of considerable merit is it moves past providing mainly foundational concepts and traditional topics. Instead, much of the book focuses on advanced theory and its practical application in the field. . . . [P]rofessionals in these positions may find this book beneficial as it discusses technological innovation and electronic collections. . . . Out of the few collection development texts available, this book is highly recommended."
"This collection is inspiring. . . . In Rethinking Collection Development and Management, librarians and administrators will find creative ideas and thoughtful approaches to the many challenges of twenty-first century collection development."
"This is an interesting and ambitious book that provides a good picture of the many changes taking place in collection
development and management. It willbe useful to those interested in lookingat the current state of particular areas of
collections work, as well as someonetrying to understand what is happeningto the field generally. It should proveuseful to practicing librarians in bothacademic and public libraries and tostudents in library school who want an overview of the area. . . . . [T]he book serves as a noteworthy attempt to document numerous changes occurring in the field and anyone who is interested in collections will find it worth reading."
"Rethinking Collection Development and Management seeks to cover a lot of ground, and the chapters range from
editorial to prescriptive in tone. The unifying thread, however, is the described subjective experiences. Indeed, as an anthology this is not unusual, and the stand-alone quality of each chapter lends the text the supplementary facility advertised. While articles of comparable tone and quality are frequently published in the professional literature, this volume juxtaposes the perspective of the public librarian alongside that of the academic and that of one working in a large research university alongside the small liberal arts college. In this way the reader is given the opportunity to rethink, as it were, his or her own experience of collection development and management in the larger context of an evolving field."
"In Rethinking Collection Development and Management, the editors have assembled 29 interesting and thought-provoking essays pertaining to the full spectrum of collection development. . . . This book is recommended for larger public and academic libraries and for all libraries that are wrestling with the increasing complexities surrounding the concept of collection development as libraries transition from providing access to scarce materials to ubiquitous access in an increasingly digital arena."