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Asking the Right Questions, Finding the Right Answers: Evaluating, Selecting, and Maintaining Academic Nursing Collections

Asking the Right Questions, Finding the Right Answers: Evaluating, Selecting, and Maintaining Academic Nursing Collections
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Author(s): Heidi M. Schroeder (Michigan State University Libraries, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 19
Source title: Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sara Holder (McGill University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1897-8.ch014

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Abstract

This chapter presents an overview of collection development in support of academic nursing populations, programs, curriculums, and research, focusing in particular on evaluation, selection, and maintenance. Crucial factors to consider and tools and resources to facilitate nursing collection development decisions will be discussed. Evaluation criteria to assist with the selection of potential materials will also be outlined. Finally, an overview of collection maintenance issues, including withdrawals, gifts and free materials, and digitization will be provided. Future directions are also briefly considered. Topics covered in this chapter should provide academic institutions interested in building or maintaining nursing collections with applicable guidelines and best practices.

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