Letting the Readers have a Say: Crowd Theory in Collection Development
Crowd Theory, Collection Development, Social Behavior
One of the pressing concerns for academic and research librarians is collection development, or choosing and purchasing new books for the library. Librarians spend countless hours scanning through system-recommended book titles, trying to determine which ones the students will use and benefit from as academic resources. Do students look at book covers more than at content, for instance? Do they choose books based on five-star Amazon reviews? Do they prefer books with interesting titles or interesting descriptions? Every year we do our best to decide what will be most useful for students and their research needs.
Original Publication Citation
Strong, J., & Galbraith, Q. (2018). Letting the readers have a say: Crowd theory in collection development. College & Research Libraries News, 79(9), 502-504. doi: 10.5860/crln.79.9.502
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Strong, Jessica and Galbraith, Quinn, "Letting the Readers have a Say: Crowd Theory in Collection Development" (2018). Faculty Publications. 3705.
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