The creation of a brand-new collection, or a focused effort to strengthen an existing one, presents librarians with an exciting challenge. For over a decade, YBP, in partnership with librarians and library consultants, has helped establish noteworthy opening-day collections at institutions throughout the world.
In close collaboration with library staff, YBP responds to the scope, budget, time frame and particular requirements of each project. Opening-day collections frequently encompass sub-collections, such as reference or outstanding children's books, in support of a teacher education curriculum. All YBP support services, including cataloging, shelf-ready processing and out-of-print searches, are available throughout the project.
Large or complex undertakings are often assigned a project manager as well as a support team of bibliographers. All parties work together to determine an optimal strategy and identify appropriate selection tools. These tools may include standard bibliographies and review sources such as Choice Outstanding selections, specialized subject lists such as the Harvard Business core collection, titles reviewed in a variety of media sources, award-winning books in selected categories, and volumes in selected series. In addition, the search often includes extensive research on YBP's own rich database using a variety of techniques, including YBP's applicable profiling descriptors as well as titles identified as Core by YBP's subject-specialist profilers.
Retrospective Collection Building
Libraries seeking to support new curriculum offerings, target perceived weaknesses or gaps in a collection, update older material in the science and technology areas, or expend new funding appropriations often initiate retrospective collection development projects. YBP can help by creating finely tuned selection lists in a variety of formats, customized to meet each library's unique requirements.
Sample parameters for creating such a list can be based on titles profiled in various subject areas or YBP standard profiling book descriptors. Examples of requests or combinations of parameters might include:
Books from a given imprint
Books within a given imprint date
Books focused on a specific geographic area
Books aimed at a specified academic level
Selections can also be based on published subject lists such as the Brandon-Hill list of health science titles. YBP sales records can be used as the basis for identifying those titles of most interest to academic libraries.
A YBP bibliographer is on staff with expertise in querying the collections database. Customer Service Bibliographers and Sales staff also assist in identifying and formulating the parameters of each library's request.