Contents: Preface. 1. Collection development policies. 2. Universal classification schemes. 3. Library collections. 4. Policies governing the acquisition of materials. 5. Library and information infrastructure. 6. Library taxonomy: cost and opportunity. 7. Library collections: case study. Bibliography. Index.
Collections development policies also function as guide to library resources for faculty, other users, and other libraries by describing the scope and nature of the collection. As an indication of collection strength and weakness, they can be useful in resource sharing and cooperative acquisitions. (jacket)