Is Selection Dead? The Rise of Collection Management and the Twilight of Selection

Please join us on Sunday, Jan. 9, from 4:00-5:30 pm in Room 25 C of the San Diego Convention Center for the ALCTS Collection Management and Development Section Forum:

Is Selection Dead? The Rise of Collection Management and the Twilight of Selection

Collection development is undergoing a dramatic change. With the rise of collection management, collection development as we’ve known it is becoming a dying art.  Title by title selection is rapidly being replaced by expanding approval plan coverage, aggregator packages, and “take it or leave it” big deals. Administrators are worried that traditional selection takes too much time and effort, and the growing trend toward patron-driven selection, as well as the growth of Google Books and digital repositories further challenge the traditional roles of selectors and collection development librarians.  What is the overall impact of these trends? How is our intellectual work and engagement shifting? As we work in broader strokes selecting packages and developing digital collections, what are the implications for our knowledge of our collections overall? Is the shift from collection development to collection management a process of deprofessionalization and disintermediation of the selector, or an exciting new model we should all embrace?

Moderator: Harriet Lightman (Northwestern University)

Panelists: Rick Anderson (University of Utah), Steve Bosch (University of Arizona), Nancy Gibbs (Duke University), and Reeta Sinha (Baker & Taylor/YBP).

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