Collection Development, Reference & Basic Skills–Hot Topic Summer 08

Notes from ALA Annual Community College Hot Topics Discussion about collection development, reference, and basic skills

Thanks to David Wright for this summary!

Collection Development, Reference, & Basic Skills
Vendors and Community Colleges
Educate vendors about community college budgets.  JSTOR has a community college model.  It seems that other vendors don’t listen.  EBSCO has a vocational database.  Carnegie classification is a “fairer” system than FTE.   Jean Smith has an article on this topic:

Raley, Sarah, and Jean Smith.. “Community College Library/Vendor Relations: You Can’t Always Get What You Want… or Can You?.” Journal of Library Administration 44.3/4 (Oct. 2006): 187-202.
Ask vendors if they have C.C. librarians on their advisory boards.
E-book reference materials – useful (Gale VRL for Distance Ed.).  Can be confusing to students and faculty.  Some discussion of moving reference books to stacks, using new space for literary titles.   Pricing model of Salem Press-buy print, online is free, up to 5 libraries can have access.  Consortiums are the future, sharing resources.
WorldCat Local-Pros: ease of access, sharing.  Cons: dependent on holdings, uploading
Basic Skills/ESL – Reading levels can be degrading, e.g. children’s books offered to ESL students.  Comics as a teaching tool for ESL.  Wilson-graphic novels rated highly by SLJ. Students want short stories about people overcoming obstacles (Marley & Me).  Should all adult and children’s books be interfiled?  Should there be an identifying sticker on lower level reading material?  There was some opposition to including lower level material with “regular” collection.  
Other ideas:  Add local note indicating reading level, download podcasts and other audiobooks.


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