The Language of the Levels: Reflections on the Communication of Collection Development Policy

Ross Atkinson
1986 College and Research Libraries  
The collection development policy, as a means to express and systematize guidelines for collection building, fulfills three basic functions: the referential, the generative, and the rhetorical. The division of the policy into subject categories, and the use of "collection levels" (such as those defined in the ALA Guidelines for Collection Development) to rank the collection and the collecting effort for each subject, serves these three functions well. More work needs to be done, however, on
more » ... ne, however, on defining collection levels and the collecting effort to which they refer. These definitions may be more easily achieved if we begin to view the collection levels as designating varying degrees of two opposing collection strategies: inclusion and exclusion. Ross Atkinson is assistant university librarian for collection development at
doi:10.5860/crl_47_02_140 fatcat:pmcal3rl3ne4li34xdjhjjkpym