library collection development


Summary: Development of a library collection, including the determination and coordination of selection policy, assessment of needs of users and potential users, collection use studies, collection evaluation, identification of collection needs, selection of materials, planning for resource sharing, collection maintenance and weeding, and budgeting.

Top Publications

  1. Stutz A. Mapping medicine: collaborative collection management for biomedical resources. Review of the literature. Health Info Libr J. 2002;19:226-9 pubmed
  2. Dorsch J. BIOETHICSLINE use by medical students: curriculum-integrated instruction and collection development implications. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:147-53 pubmed
    ..This study suggests that the integration of bibliographic instruction and the coordination of collection development with students' curricular needs lead to increased and more competent use of information resources. ..
  3. McGowan J, Straus S, Tugwell P. Canada urgently needs a national network of libraries to access evidence. Healthc Q. 2006;9:72-4, 4 pubmed
  4. Bandy M, Doyle J, Fladger A, Frumento K, Girouard L, Hayes S, et al. Standards for hospital libraries 2007: Hospital Libraries Section Standards Committee. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:162-9 pubmed publisher
  5. Shultz M, Kies S. Materials employed by medical students preparing for subject examinations: supporting collection development. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:158-61 pubmed publisher
  6. Frank M. Impact factors: arbiter of excellence?. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:4-6 pubmed
  7. Shaw J. Health library partnership programmes between resource-poor countries and Western Europe. Health Info Libr J. 2001;18:220-8 pubmed
    ..The financial consequences of partnership may inhibit their initiation, but successful partnerships with demand driven programmes bring benefits to both sides. ..
  8. Xia J, Wright J, Adams C. Five large Chinese biomedical bibliographic databases: accessibility and coverage. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:55-61 pubmed publisher
    ..Searches in all databases benefit from the use of simplified Chinese and all provide links to full text articles. Less than 6% of the 2500 journals in the five databases were listed as being indexed for MEDLINE. ..
  9. Guifen H. The role of the 'Review of New Foreign Titles on Medical Science' in the library of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:140-5 pubmed

More Information


  1. Shearer B, Klatt C, Nagy S. Development of a new academic digital library: a study of usage data of a core medical electronic journal collection. J Med Libr Assoc. 2009;97:93-101 pubmed publisher
  2. Unwin P, Unwin R. Humphry Davy and the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Notes Rec R Soc Lond. 2009;63:7-33 pubmed
  3. Tooey M. Renovated, repurposed, and still "one sweet library": a case study on loss of space from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore. J Med Libr Assoc. 2010;98:40-3 pubmed publisher
    ..Additional units with these missions and reporting structure are located in the new campus center, creating a synergy between the two buildings. ..
  4. Ludwig L, Starr S. Library as place: results of a delphi study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:315-26 pubmed
  5. Reich V, Rosenthal D. Preserving today's scientific record for tomorrow. BMJ. 2004;328:61-2 pubmed
  6. Shearer B, Nagy S. Developing an academic medical library core journal collection in the (almost) post-print era: the Florida State University College of Medicine Medical Library experience. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:292-302 pubmed
    ..Based on a ten-point scale including SERHOLD holdings and DOCLINE borrowing activity, a list of 449 core titles is identified. The core list has been saved in spreadsheet format for easy sorting by a number of parameters. ..
  7. Rowse M. The consortium site license: is it a sustainable model?. Health Info Libr J. 2003;20:104-7 pubmed
  8. Booth A. Route maps for Evidence-based problem Solutions (RESolutions): what's the evidence for journal cancellation?. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:298-303 pubmed
  9. Tannery N, Silverman D, Epstein B. Online use statistics. Med Ref Serv Q. 2002;21:25-33 pubmed
    ..They can also be used to determine the number of user licenses to purchase. This paper focuses on the issue of use statistics made available for one collection of online resources. ..
  10. Homan J, McGowan J. The Medical Library Association: promoting new roles for health information professionals. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:80-5 pubmed
    ..This paper examines new roles for health information professionals, new approaches to education and training, and related issues of credentialing, certification/and licensure. ..
  11. Featherstone R, Lyon B, Ruffin A. Library roles in disaster response: an oral history project by the National Library of Medicine. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:343-50 pubmed publisher
    ..Lessons learned from the oral history project increased understanding of and underscored the value of collaborative relationships between libraries and local, state, and federal disaster management agencies and organizations. ..
  12. Braude R. Mark E. Funk, AHIP, Medical Library Association President 2007-2008. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:235-7 pubmed
  13. Foust J, Bergen P, Maxeiner G, Pawlowski P. Improving e-book access via a library-developed full-text search tool. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:40-5 pubmed
  14. Carr A, Kawakami A. A successful cross-training experience of reference service at UCLA. Med Ref Serv Q. 2002;21:15-9 pubmed
    ..The participating libraries have also benefited from the exchange, and the program is expanding to include other UCLA libraries. ..
  15. Bosio L, GarcĂ­a Guraieb S, Luna L, Aranda C. Chacarita Project: conformation and analysis of a modern and documented human osteological collection from Buenos Aires City--theoretical, methodological and ethical aspects. Homo. 2012;63:481-92 pubmed publisher
    ..In the long term, this osteological collection will be available to generate new population-specific techniques and to develop comparative biological studies. ..
  16. Bienkowski A. More concerns about impact factors. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:285 pubmed
  17. Booth A. Evidence-based practice and the developing world. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:74-7 pubmed publisher
  18. MacCall S. Clinical Digital Libraries Project: design approach and exploratory assessment of timely use in clinical environments. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:190-7 pubmed
    ..The limitations of the use of Web server data warrant an exploratory assessment. This research also suggests the need for further investigation in the area of timely digital library collection services to clinical environments. ..
  19. Johnson R, Mason F, Sims R. A basic list of recommended books and journals for support of clinical dentistry in a nondental library. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:233-8 pubmed
    ..The final list was reviewed and subsequently was approved for publication and distribution by the Dental Section of MLA during the section's 1996 annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. ..
  20. Thompson L, Toedter L, D Agostino F. Zero-based print journal collection development in a community teaching hospital library: planning for the future. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:427-30 pubmed
    ..Zero-based collection development can be a valuable tool in bringing a print journal collection into closer alignment with the needs of library customers. ..
  21. Machi S, Kosoto H, Amano Y, Hanawa T. [The history and library the Goda family of medical doctors]. Nihon Ishigaku Zasshi. 2005;51:527-48 pubmed
    ..Of these, medical works constitute 102 items in 283 volumes. The library provides valuable material which sheds light on the standard of medicine in the Takada area of Echigo from the late Edo through the Meiji periods. ..
  22. Murphy J. Globalization: implications for health information professionals. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:62-8 pubmed publisher
  23. Wax W. Preparing a nursing library for National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission accreditation. Nurse Educ. 2006;31:240-1 pubmed
  24. Moll F, Rathert P, Fangerau H. [Quality criteria for scientific collections within medical associations: the collections of the German Urological Association fullfill high requirements]. Urologe A. 2013;52:1715-20 pubmed publisher
    ..Quality criteria are necessary for the evaluation and rating of scientific collections of medical associations and are necessary for their development in order to argue within the scientific community or with other relevant actors. ..
  25. Jacobson S. Reorganization: premises, processes, and pitfalls. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:369-74 pubmed
    ..The process was beneficial overall. While some errors and confusion occurred, these are seen as opportunities for learning and evidence of the library's new atmosphere of creativity and experimentation. ..
  26. Bunting A. From Index Catalogue to Gopher space: changes in our profession as reflected in the Handbook and CPHSL. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:1-11 pubmed
    ..And, the means by which assistance is provided to library users, through the use of computer and telecommunications technology, has changed dramatically. ..
  27. Flannery M. Building a retrospective collection in pharmacy: a brief history of the literature with some considerations for U.S. health sciences library professionals. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:212-21 pubmed
    ..This should provide a rationale for selective retrospective collection development in pharmacy. ..
  28. Lacroix E, Mehnert R. The US National Library of Medicine in the 21st century: expanding collections, nontraditional formats, new audiences. Health Info Libr J. 2002;19:126-32 pubmed
    ..A national library such as the NLM has as much an archival responsibility for this electronic information as for centuries-old printed and manuscript historical treasures. ..
  29. Donatiello J, Droese P, Kim S. A selected, annotated list of materials that support the development of policies designed to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:257-65 pubmed
    ..It is written for health policy librarians and researchers and includes annotated recommendations for books, periodicals, government publications, and Websites. Entries for print publications are primarily from 1998 to 2003. ..
  30. Pugh M. Focused assessment in an incorporated library: using loan and survey data to develop a mental health monograph subcollection. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:116-8 pubmed
  31. Halasa Y, Shepard D, Wittenberg E, Fonseca D, Farajollahi A, Healy S, et al. Willingness-to-pay for an area-wide integrated pest management program to control the Asian tiger mosquito in New Jersey. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2012;28:225-36 pubmed
    ..61 million annually. Thus, collectively residents perceived monetary benefits of 3.67 times the combined 2008 annual operating costs of the counties' existing mosquito control programs of $2.61 million. ..
  32. Thomas S. Library links on medical school home pages. Med Ref Serv Q. 2011;30:102-6 pubmed publisher
    ..The absence of library links on 39% of AAMC medical school home pages indicates that the designers of those pages did not consider the library to be a primary destination for their visitors. ..
  33. Steele R. A review and rationalisation of journal subscriptions undertaken by a library and information service in a mental health trust in north-east England in 2009. Health Info Libr J. 2011;28:256-63 pubmed publisher
    ..Future journal reviews should undertake impact analysis as potent evidence for continued expenditure on journals in this age of austerity. ..
  34. Madge B, Plutchak T. The increasing globalization of health librarianship: a brief survey of international trends and activities. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 1:20-30 pubmed
    ..Librarians should encourage their associations to develop these international initiatives and to seek out new and innovative ways to work together across international boundaries. ..
  35. Dorsch J, Pifalo V. Information needs of rural health professionals: a retrospective use study. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:341-7 pubmed
  36. Sittig D. Use of fuzzy set theory to extend Dhawan's journal selection model: ranking the biomedical informatics serials. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:43-9 pubmed
    ..Such a ranked list provides librarians and researchers alike with the information necessary to help them make their biomedical informatics serial selection decisions based on objective, quantifiable data. ..
  37. Bauer K. Cost analysis of a project to digitize classic articles in neurosurgery. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:230-4 pubmed
    ..The average article cost $84.46 to digitize. Although costs were high, the selection of historically important articles maximized the benefit gained from the investment in digitization. ..
  38. Jacoby B, Murray J, Alterman I, Welbourne P. Resource selection for an interdisciplinary field: a methodology. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:393-9 pubmed
    ..Visibility of digital resources was increased by cataloging individual titles in aggregated electronic journal packages and listing each title on the library Web page. ..
  39. Plutchak T. The art and science of making choices. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:1-3 pubmed
  40. Shisler C. Evaluating your nursing collection: a quick way to preserve nursing history in a working collection. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:278-83 pubmed
  41. Tennant M, Butson L, Rezeau M, Tucker P, Boyle M, Clayton G. Customizing for clients: developing a library liaison program from need to plan. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:8-20 pubmed
    ..Although focusing on an academic health center, the planning process and liaison model may be applied to any library serving diverse, subject-specific user populations. ..
  42. Kronenfeld M. Trends in academic health sciences libraries and their emergence as the "knowledge nexus" for their academic health centers. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:32-9 pubmed
    ..The paper then concludes with some examples or ideas for research to assist in this process. ..
  43. Hill D, Stickell H. Brandon/Hill selected list of books and journals in allied health. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1998;86:447-63 pubmed
    ..To purchase the entire collection of books and journals (1998 subscriptions) would require an expenditure of about $29,180. The cost of only the asterisked items total $11,390. ..
  44. Miller J. Primary clientele as a predictor of interlibrary borrowing: a study of academic health sciences libraries. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:11-5 pubmed
    ..This relationship was not found in libraries with collections of more than 70,000 titles. Further research into the predictors of ILL borrowing volume in the relatively controlled environment of the OhioLINK system is proposed. ..
  45. Browne R, Lasserre K, McTaggart J, Bayley L, McKibbon A, Clark M, et al. International trends in health science librarianship: part 1 - the English speaking world. Health Info Libr J. 2012;29:75-80 pubmed publisher
    ..Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. Future issues will track trends in Northern Europe, the Nordic countries, Southern Europe and Latin America. JM. ..
  46. Hull E. "Mapping the literature" useful for collection development. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:11 pubmed
  47. Winspear R. A college benefactor: Frank Forster--obstetrician, gynaecologist, medical historian and bibliophile. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2004;44:3-5 pubmed
  48. Murphy S, Bedard M, Crawley Low J, Fagen D, Jette J. Standards for the academic veterinary medical library. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:130-2 pubmed
    ..The standards were approved by Section Council in April 2005 and received final approval from the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association during MLA '04 in Washington, DC. ..
  49. Daniels K. Got value? Journal collection analysis is worth the effort. Med Ref Serv Q. 2010;29:275-85 pubmed publisher
    ..The results included cutting substantial costs and unpopular resources, adding more relevant resources, and garnering the respect and support of hospital leaders. ..
  50. Freiburger G. A "white elephant" in the library: a case study on loss of space from the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona. J Med Libr Assoc. 2010;98:29-31 pubmed publisher
    ..The space is now largely open and contains a variety of moveable seating and tables not suited for quiet study. ..
  51. Hatfield A, Kelley S. Case study: lessons learned through digitizing the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research Collection. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:267-70 pubmed
  52. Hill D, Stickell H. Brandon/Hill selected list of print books and journals in allied health. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2000;88:218-33 pubmed
    ..To purchase the entire collection of books and journals (2000 subscriptions) would require an expenditure of about $31,970. The cost of only the asterisked items totals $12,515. ..
  53. Fenske R. Evaluation of monograph selection in a health sciences library. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:265-70 pubmed
    ..It is suggested that other health sciences libraries undertake such studies and question the need to strive for comprehensive collections. ..