These two entries into my “been read” pile are on opposite sides of the spectrum, both in scope, length, and depth. However, both did contribute to my understanding and I did end up purchasing one of them.
From Outreach to Equity: Innovative Models of Library Policy and Practice
Edited by Robin Osborne
Foreword by Carla D. Hayden
Chicago: American Library Association, 2004
This is a slim volume that contains several “snapshots” of outreach programs and services from the United States created by the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (now Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services). Each part focuses on a different aspect of outreach, beginning with a short introduction and followed by relevant “snapshots”. This book covers a wide array of possible services, but does not provide in depth descriptions of the creation, implementation, and evaluation of these services. That being said, I was writing down the ideas that interested me and by the end had a lengthy list.
Being an older volume, this is cheap to pick up used online. I got it for $.88 from Better World Books and the shipping was $3.99.
You can also view large portions through Google Books.
If you are looking for inspiration for outreach services in a public or academic library, this could prove useful. If you want a step by step description on how to implement these programs in your library, it won’t give you what you need. However, you can take the information in the book and contact these libraries to start a conversation.
The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management
by Peggy Johnson
Chicago: American Library Association, 2013
This is a long volume that is focused on the aspects of collection development and management. It goes in depth on the topic, providing a historical context for the topic at the beginning and considering all library types throughout each topic. This is prime textbook material, which may be why you can’t get it on Amazon currently (as the semester has started). I acquired mine through the library and suggested it for inclusion in the soon to be developed professional collection at my library.
This can be used by a wide variety of librarians and information professionals. It takes into consideration how professional values influence the collection development and management. There are many sources cited and suggested readings listed for further context and information.
Whereas From Outreach to Equity was a quick read, this will take more time to consume. The amount of information and the textbook tone require more focus.
Overall, it is valuable for anyone looking to get a well developed idea of what collection development and management can entail. It is the most recent edition of the book and therefore fairly recent.
Here is a link to the Google Books preview, which provides a eBook copy for $48.