Collection Management Basics
7th Edition
by Margaret Zarnosky Saponaro and G. Edward Evans
May 2019, 373pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-5964-9
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The pre-eminent textbook on collection development and a reliable professional guide.

If the heart of the library is its collection, this textbook provides the keys to the heart of your library. Alongside standards of basic principles and processes, you’ll find practical guidance on everything from acquisitions to preservation.

Managing collections in today’s libraries is more complicated and challenging than ever. Electronic formats, new options for collaboration and sharing, and the drive to use data for evaluation purposes are just a few of the changes now driving collection management.

This updated edition of a classic text addresses changes in the field and provides a thorough overview of what collection development specialists now need to know to effectively and efficiently manage processes that range from selection and assessment to sharing resources, handling challenges, weeding, and preservation. Readers will find increased coverage of technical services, intellectual freedom and censorship, and collection policy development, as well as budget development and tracking, joint purchasing, and negotiating with vendors. Updates on e-resources, user needs assessment (including data visualization), and disaster management, along with suggestions for further reading, are also included.

Engagingly written and easy to understand, this is a valuable text for students preparing for careers in public, academic, school, and special libraries. It will additionally serve as a training resource and professional refresher for practitioners.


  • Provides faculty and students with a thorough, up-to-date overview of all aspects of the collection development process
  • Helps collection development librarians to address new challenges such as online resources, how to use new tools for assessing your library's collection, developing a budget, and negotiating with vendors
  • Engages readers and is easy to read, with real-life examples to clarify principles and concepts
  • May be used as a text for LIS courses on collection development as well as a resource for training and personal or professional enrichment
Margaret Zarnosky Saponaro, MLS, is director of collection development strategies at the University of Maryland Libraries. She was manager of staff learning and development at University of Maryland, associate director of learning resources at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, and Northern Virginia Center librarian and librarian for the College of Human Resources at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Saponaro served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Virginia and is a member of the American Library Association, ACRL, and the Special Libraries Association. She coauthored the previous edition of this text, and Libraries Unlimited's Library Programs and Services.

G. Edward Evans, PhD, is an award-winning author, consultant, and Fulbright Scholar. He has worked as an administrator, researcher, teacher, and writer. Notably, he taught at the Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Science at UCLA and served as associate academic vice president for libraries and information resources at Loyola Marymount. Evans has administrative experience at private academic libraries including Harvard University and Loyola Marymount University. He is coauthor of the previous edition of this text.


"Whether you are a new librarian or an experienced one starting over with a new collection, this latest edition remains a foundational tool."—American Libraries, May 1, 2020
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