Revisiting an Abandoned Practice: The Death and Resurrection of Collection Development Policies Academic Article uri icon


  • Academic libraries have a long tradition of endorsing and creating written collection development policies to communicate, both internally and externally, their dynamic collection practices. As revealed by a literature search, academic libraries, over time, appear to have abandoned this practice. This article documents how Texas A&M University Libraries embraced the ambitious task of resurrecting written collection development policies and, as part of this process, assessed the current state of collection development, systematically planned for future collection growth, and identified emerging fields of research requiring additional collection support. This process also undertook the integration of collection development into the organizational culture of the libraries. Reflecting on this process, the authors present the case for creating andmaintaining written collection development policies in academic libraries. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Pickett, C., Stephens, J., Kimball, R., Ramirez, D., Thornton, J., & Burford, N.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Pickett, Carmelita||Stephens, Jane||Kimball, Rusty||Ramirez, Diana||Thornton, Joel||Burford, Nancy

publication date

  • January 2011