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Biting into the core? the question of balance in collection management

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Sheila Corrall

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Striking the right balance in collection management has always been a challenging and complex objective for librarians, but common to all types of library is the difficult struggle to accommodate diversity and focus in a climate of seemingly infinite demand and dwindling finance. The current situation poses additional problems arising from the proliferation of information sources, the consequent realisation that the notion of the “well-founded library” is no longer valid and the threat to even the modest aim of a core collection to meet primary needs. Future solutions require fundamental rethinking of collection management to provide a strategic approach which recognises information services as the core component with document acquisition matched much more closely to actual demand.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1629/0702123
How to Cite: Corrall, S., 2006. Biting into the core? the question of balance in collection management. Serials, 7(2), pp.123–128. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/0702123
Published on 12 Sep 2006.
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