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Crash Course in Collection Development
3rd Edition
by Wayne Disher
April 2023, 172pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-8043-8
$55, £41, 48€, A75
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eBook Available: 978-1-4408-8044-5
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The revised third edition of this concise introduction to collection development offers up-to-date information for a wide variety of librarians.

This indispensable resource provides tools for collection management in libraries, featuring essential strategies for inventory assessment, market analysis, budgeting, marketing, and customer service.

The third edition of Crash Course for Collection Development is a must-have for librarians just entering the field and professionals in need of a refresher in effective library operations. It now covers all aspects of collection development and management in all library environments including public, academic, and school libraries.

Focusing on collection development basics, it begins with information on gathering statistics and analyzing community needs to design a collection that meets user needs. It goes on to guide users in writing a collection development policy, budgeting, selecting materials, managing vendor relations, understanding the publishing industry, merchandising and promoting the collection, and handling complaints.

Newly included in the third edition is a discussion of new purchasing and lending models; information for academic and school librarians; and such new trends as libraries as spaces for users, collection diversity issues, makerspaces, nontraditional collections, pop-up libraries, the digital divide, and noncirculating collections.

Author Wayne Disher has once again written a practical and simple introduction to an important, complex, and evolving area of library service.


  • Provides a practical introduction to collection development and management
  • Covers the entire process of collection development, from community analysis, writing policy, and selection to promoting the collection and dealing with challenges
  • Addresses current trends and rapidly evolving changes in the field, such as diversity issues, makerspaces, nontraditional collections, pop-up libraries, and the digital divide
Wayne Disher is a retired public library director for the City of Hemet Public Library. He served as president of the California Library Association in 2012. He received his master of library and information science degree at San José State University in 1994 and worked at the San José Public Library System for 22 years managing library branches and units. Disher is the author of several library science textbooks and has been recognized as a library trainer and professional development speaker for library staff.
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