I am developing an edited work of ORIGINAL articles and case studies on patron driven collection development in libraries for publication by ALA. This book will focus on patron driven collection development. Although it will mention e-books that will NOT be its primary focus.
Purpose of Book
I envision this as a collection of essays by professional librarians, both academic and public, working in the area of patron driven collections. The scope of the book would be to provide a wide overview from a review of the literature on the subject to a discussion of how to approach doing it (technical services) to public presentation (how does one sell and market this service to one’s community). While not being a “How-to” book in the strict sense it would be linear and attempt to take potential users through the development process. In particular, this book would also want to mention the use of e-books in such a scenario and effect that an order on demand system might have in that developing environment. This is a rapidly developing area of library services and guidance on the subject, based on a brief scan of the literature, seems scant. Having a single volume on the subject which could introduce the subject to both practicing librarians and library students would seem to be both timely and topical.
I have 20 years experience as an academic librarian with experience in public services, collection development, and electronic resources. I have written numerous articles and books on librarianship and am an experienced editor. I have extensive professional writing and editing experience including three books (2 as sole author) and numerous articles and book reviews.
A collection of essays/research articles from 10 to 15 pages in length OR case studies of implementation of this concept in libraries — academic, public, corporate, or government.
Other suggestions will be entertained by the editor but this gives you an idea of where we are going:
1) Why should librarians care about patron driven collection development (PDCD)?
2) Review of the PDCD literature
3) Implementation of customer based collection development
4) Cataloging implications of customer based collection development
5) Implications of PDCD for library budget and circulation
6) E-Books and PDCD
7) Measuring usage of PDCD
8) PDCD and implications for general education and library instruction
9) Marketing PDCD to patrons
10) The future of library service in the context of PDCD
What I Need as from you as a potential contributor!!!
1) A two or three paragraph description of your proposed contribution along with a current CV of the contributor(s) — emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
15 February 2012 — Proposals due
15 March 2012 — Approval of accepted proposals from editor
1 April 2013 - Final copy submitted to editor
Spring/Summer 2013 — Editor edits
August 2013 — Final manuscript at publisher