Network Bulletin no. 07-43
Date: September 14, 2007
Subject: Collection Development
Index Term: Collection Development Advisory Group 2007 recommendations
and NLS responses
Attached is a copy of the recommendations made by the Collection Development
Advisory Group at a meeting held at NLS in Washington, D.C., May 23-25, 2007.
For further information, contact:
Head, Collection Development Section
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Collection Development Advisory Group
May 23-25, 2007
1. The committee recommends that NLS senior staff actively restore the Collection Development
Section to its full staff levels, specifically to include a foreign language librarian and senior
Response: The Library of Congress Human Resources Division is currently engaged in the
process of developing job descriptions for two selection librarians and a foreign language
librarian. When the descriptions are completed, vacancy announcements will be posted and
applications invited as quickly as possible.
2. The committee recommends that NLS create an ongoing survey in multimedia format of
readers' preferences to ensure that the service meets patron needs. We recommend that this data
be shared with NLS collection-development staff.
Response: NLS will design a survey of reader preferences for implementation in FY 2008. The
survey will focus on use of the NLS collections with special reference to the proliferation of other
sources of audio and electronic reading material in both public and commercial sectors. Analysis
of the results could lead to revisions of the NLS collection-building policy, although NLS will not
tamper with the bedrock principles of providing high-quality narration of unabridged books
without sound effects, background music, or dramatization.
3. The committee recommends that NLS increase the use of tactile graphics in press braille
books, especially in those for children.
Response: As a result of technological advances in braille production, the use of tactile graphics
today is often more easily and cost-effectively managed than it has been in the past. NLS will
employ tactile graphics in book production when appropriate, especially in children's books, and
will also continue to acquire tactile books from other sources.
4. The committee recommends that NLS continue to produce Spanish-language books with an
emphasis on nonfiction, such as self-help, personal investment, citizenship, and family activities.
Response: NLS has begun to acquire utilitarian nonfiction in Spanish and will continue to seek
out such books.
5. The committee recommends that NLS expand the use of alternative bestseller lists
representative of minority populations in its selection process.
Response: NLS has begun to survey bestseller lists in publications that represent minority
populations. The bestseller list from Essence has already been included, and others will follow.
6. The committee reaffirms recommendation 7, adopted by this committee in 2006, regarding the
convening of the magazine committee. We request a progress report be given to the Collection
Development Advisory Group for its 2008 meeting.
Item 7 from the 2006 recommendations reads as follows:
The committee recommends that the NLS Magazine Committee convene within the next year to
review and evaluate the current titles with respect to currency and relevance, with the possibility
of adding pertinent titles such as the New Yorker and AudioFile in audio format. The committee
further recommends that the New Yorker and AudioFile be considered for inclusion in the
Magazine of the Month program.
Response: NLS calls the group's attention to the 2006 response:
NLS will convene its magazine committee to discuss and review the magazines currently
produced by NLS. Note that the New Yorker is currently available from Newsline and will not be
included in the Magazine of the Month program. NLS will review the possibility of including an
issue of AudioFile in the 2007 Magazine of the Month program.
AudioFile was indeed included in the 2007 Magazine of the Month program, and the New
Yorker, because it continues to be available through Newsline, will not be added to the NLS
magazine list. (Additionally, it should be noted that the New Yorker contains a substantial amount
of information directed toward residents of New York City; the costly production every week of
repetitious material of limited interest might be viewed as an injudicious use of resources.)
NLS was unable to convene its magazine committee during the year, in part because of budget
issues and personnel shortages. Although NLS cannot promise to assemble the committee this
year, the Collection Development Section will revisit the braille and audio magazine title selection
in the near future and to report to the advisory group at the next meeting.
7. The committee recommends that NLS's Kids Zone include an information paragraph alerting
users to the fact that children's bibliographies are available from other cooperating libraries and to
contact their library for assistance. The committee further recommends that the NLS Collection
Development Children's Librarian develop additional bibliographies for the Kids Zone.
Response: This will be done. Online bibliographies will be developed as time and resources
permit. A bibliography for the site of fiction and nonfiction by and about Native Americans is
8. The committee recommends that, unless complaints are received from readers, the braille
edition of Braille Book Review should be left in its one-volume format and not divided into two
Response: The braille edition of Braille Book Review will continue to be produced in its one-
1. The committee commends Gloria Zittrauer, senior selections librarian, for nineteen years of
service in the Collection Development Section of NLS and wishes her well upon her retirement.
Response: The Collection Development Section joins the committee in wishing Gloria well in her
retirement, which became effective June 1, 2007.
2. The committee once again commends NLS in its ongoing progress with the digitization
initiative and its effectiveness in communicating information about this project to its constituents.
It further commends NLS staff for preserving classics both fiction and nonfiction as they move
through the digitization process.
Response: Thank you. NLS is pleased that information on the digital initiative has been useful.
The preservation of works of lasting value is an important part of the NLS mandate, and the
organization will continue to make them available.
3. The committee commends NLS's outstanding collection development staff for being
responsive to providing books for juvenile reading programs.
Response: Thank you. The children's and young adult librarians are pleased to know that their
efforts are appreciated and enjoyed.
4. The committee commends NLS's collection-development staff for its ongoing commitment to
selection of adult reading materials despite its staffing and budget constraints.
Response: Thank you.
5. The committee thanks our chair, Fred Riggers, and recording secretary, Catherine Rubin, for
their ability to facilitate the organization and recording of Collection Development Advisory
Group procedures and notes.
Response: NLS also thanks Fred, Catherine, and the rest of the committee for their work and for
making the three-day meeting a useful and pleasant experience.
6. The committee commends NLS staff for its ongoing commitment to continuing and
completing series in genre fiction.
Response: NLS will continue to fill in and complete series in genre fiction.
7. The committee commends NLS for providing an exemplary program in the face of fiscal
uncertainty caused by continuing resolution budgets.
Response: Thank you. We're all in this together.
8. The committee commends the director and entire staff of NLS for their efforts in providing
information, making arrangements, and for their hospitality during the meeting of the 2007
Collection Development Advisory Group.
Response: Thank you. The pleasure was ours.