Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success


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6.1 X 0.4 X 9.1 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Wendy K. Bartlett, MLIS, is collection development manager for the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH.


"[Barrett] argues that floating is a service to communities, is fiscally responsible for budget-strapped systems, and, in the end, a benefit to library staff. Chapters include tips on how to approach the practice with staff, how to ready facilities and collections, and, most importantly, how to manage new collections. Also offered are practical evaluations, FAQs, and a list of larger systems in the United States that offer floating collections." - School Library Journal
"With many libraries exploring floating collections, Bartlett's book is a useful primer on the process and should be on the reading list for any library looking at floating." - Technicalities
"Bartlett, collection development manager for the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, begins this book with an introduction that discusses the basics of floating collections--what they are, how they are organized, their methodology, and which concerns such collections address. . . . Eight appendixes offer additional visuals to help librarians and administrators in the decision-making process and the managing of a floating collection." - Booklist Online
"This is a superb guide that tackles a challenging decision facing libraries. . . a useful manual to ease the most discerning librarian or administrator who may not be convinced that floating their collection is the best way to go. . . . Floating Collections is an excellent resource to have in your personal and library collection. . . . If your library is debating implementing a floating collection, this is the book for you." - Public Libraries
"Bartlett has written the guide on how to float and live to tell the tale. She provides ample guidance for answering staff questions and helping libraries determine whether floating would be a positive initiative financially and for patron service. I recommend this book for large public libraries as well as academic libraries to whom floating appeals." - Library Resources and Technical Services