Collection Development and Management explored the principles, policies and procedures associated with evaluating, selecting and acquiring print, non-print, digital, and multimedia resources. Various frameworks for managing collections for school, public, academic and special libraries, as well as museums and archives, were explored through current, peer-reviewed literature and texts. An emphasis on intellectual freedom as it relates to collection development and maintenance was presented through the lens of the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights (2006) and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Each student was assigned to conduct research and to then write a paper on a pertinent collection development topic. I chose to explore the issues surrounding some national and regional pressure groups’ attempts to influence, through censorship, the collection development practices of school and public libraries in the United States. After exploring and documenting the methods and attempts of the pressure groups, I utilized material from the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom, the First Amendment, and a body of peer-reviewed literature, to recommend best practices for libraries to counter the censoring efforts of pressure groups. This paper demonstrates my abilities to ascertain professional criteria for managing collections. It further demonstrates I am knowledgeable of intellectual freedom best practices for the creation of library selection policies that ensure diverse viewpoints on a wide array of topics.
“Library Bill of Rights”, American Library Association, June 30, 2006. http://www.ala.org/ advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill (Retrieved July 1, 2013).
U.S. Constitution. Amendment. I.