Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success, 1st Edition

  • Wendy K. Bartlett
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1598847449
  • ISBN-13: 9781598847444
  • DDC: 025.2
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 152 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Despite its increasing popularity, there are few published works about floating and floating collections. Virtually no one has addressed critical long-term issues like core collections, material selection, and weeding after floating has taken place. Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success makes all of this urgently needed information available in one place. This unique guidebook defines "floating," explains the pros and cons, explores the impact of floating collections on collection work, and enables readers to establish a floating collection in any library. Not only does this book help librarians to decide rationally if, how, and when to float, it also outlines a how-to process for maximum success based on the real-world experience of many systems and identifies ways to maximize the advantages of a floating collection. In addition, the author addresses common collection concerns and outlines workable solutions for problematic issues that can arise.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction to Floating Collections.
1: The History of Floating Collections.
2: Deciding Whether or Not to Float the Collection.
3: Prediction and Preparation.
4: Communication Preparing the Staff.
5: Preparing the Collection to Float.
6: Implementation and Postfloat Considerations.
7: Managing a Floating Collection in the Long Term.
Epilogue: Floating and the User Experience.
Appendix A: 10 Great Reasons to Float.
Appendix B: Partial List of Floating Libraries.
Appendix C: Floating Risk Evaluation.
Appendix D: Deciding to Float: Discussion Questions.
Appendix E: Chart for Prefloat Branch Visits.
Appendix F: Staff Communication.
Appendix G: Communication Timeline.
Appendix H: Sample 24-Door-to-Floor Cart Tag.
About the Author.