Collection Development


Updating library collections: A global challenge:

Submitted by Steven on Thu, 05/15/2003 - 22:50

"Shortly after Iran fell to Islamic revolutionaries in 1979, a book dealer sending volumes to Harvard's libraries cut out pictures of the deposed Shah so that the books would not be confiscated.""The removed pages were sent separately later, but the incident illustrates the lengths that dealers and Harvard library collectors have to go to keep collections of regional publications current.""The Iranian example was just one of many given on Thursday (May 8) during the Spring 2003 Librarians' Assembly, which brings together librarians from across the University and which was held in Harvard Ha

Getting shelved

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/24/2003 - 16:22

Someone passed along This WorldMag Article that wonders...Does WORLD belong on the periodical shelves of public libraries and the libraries of public universities?
It seems Joel Belz is having some trouble getting WORLD into his local library, and someone else had the same trouble at the state university where she is an alumna.

Scripps may lose its priceless collections

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 12/03/2002 - 20:00

If you\'re in the market for strange deep-sea creatures, tropical wonders and exotic zooplankton , Scripps Institution of Oceanography Might Be Selling. The institution\'s leaders have approved budget cuts that within two years will wipe out all state budget funding to maintain and manage its oceanographic collections, about $300,000 per year.

Library to collect web porn

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 08/26/2002 - 09:15

Aaron Tunn writes \"A collection with a difference.... from
The Age\".
The National Library of Australia may soon start collecting pornographic websites.

The library\'s latest newsletter said it was looking to add websites to its extensive collection of erotica.

Electronic librarian Edgar Crook said in the newsletter the adult websites would be added to the National Collection of Electronic Publications \"thus giving a representative picture of Australian erotica on the Internet\".