chapter  Chapter 9
23 Pages

Collection Management

WithDiana Morris, Lesley Young, Christine Miskin

Many people assume that traditional cataloguing is no longer relevant in the age of the internet and some library schools devote very little attention to what was once regarded as a core skill of the profession. However, law books and other materials are still being published and bought in significant numbers in hard copy and Google is not going to help anyone locate them on the shelves of a law library. There are however two essential features of a law library catalogue whoever the users are: first, there should be as many access points as possible to facilitate fast retrieval; and second, the collection should be kept up to date with new material being catalogued as soon as possible. Legal materials fall into two main categories: primary and secondary materials, each of which present their own cataloguing challenges.