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Local Information: Better Utilizing the Data at Hand

The job of the collection development librarian is to allocate the library's limited financial resources in a way that addresses the needs of the patrons it serves. Books, journals, CD-ROMs, and indexes make up a small portion of the types of materials that today's collection development librarians are expected to choose from during the course of a year for a specific subject area. In most college or university libraries, this activity is done in conjunction with other duties

Leslie M. Haas is Head of the General Reference Division at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah. Prior to her job in Utah she was the business librarian at Kent State University and Texas A&M. In those positions she was responsible for collection development and instruction for the College of Business.