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There are many challenges facing new librarians in the academic environment, including collection development. This article analyzes the topic of collection development and how it relates to new professionals in the field of librarianship. The article contains a literature review of papers discussing the collection development curriculum in library and information science programs, expected skills required of collection development offices, and library training programs for new librarians. The article also provides practical advise by recent graduates and their collection development experiences. Topics of discussion include acclimation to a new environment, collection development policies and procedures, liaison work, resource selection, and time management.


Case studies; Collection development; Liaison activities; Library resource selection; New librarians


Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science

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Tucker, J. C., & Torrence, M. (2004). Collection development for new librarians: Advice from the trenches. Library Collections Acquisitions & Technical Services, 28, 397-409. doi:10.1016/j.lcats.2004.08.013

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