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Killing Us With Kindness or What To Do With Those Gifts

Killing Us With Kindness or What To Do With Those Gifts As librarians increasingly concentrate on planned collection development, gift material may distract from specific selection goals. Marginal gifts donated materials that are outside a library's stated collecting policies should be evaluated carefully before being added to the collection. Gift books may duplicate material already in the collection or may be entirely outside the subject scope of the library. Gifts are never truly free they cost the library time and money to process and may also create problems later if they must be discarded. It is the librarian's professional responsibility to evaluate them in terms of collection goals and not simply allow the human side of graceful acceptance to prevail. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Collection Building Emerald Publishing

Killing Us With Kindness or What To Do With Those Gifts

Collection Building , Volume 11 (2): 3 – Feb 1, 1991

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0160-4953
DOI
10.1108/eb023299
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Abstract

As librarians increasingly concentrate on planned collection development, gift material may distract from specific selection goals. Marginal gifts donated materials that are outside a library's stated collecting policies should be evaluated carefully before being added to the collection. Gift books may duplicate material already in the collection or may be entirely outside the subject scope of the library. Gifts are never truly free they cost the library time and money to process and may also create problems later if they must be discarded. It is the librarian's professional responsibility to evaluate them in terms of collection goals and not simply allow the human side of graceful acceptance to prevail.

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Collection BuildingEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1991

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