Making Choices: Philosophies and practices in collection assessment and evaluation: A report of the symposium

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Winter 1998


Elsevier B.V.


The fifth annual collection development symposium sponsored by the University of Minnesota and MINITEX was held May 18, 1998. The program topic for 1998 was “Making Choices,” with special focus on collection assessment and evaluation. Over 180 individuals attended the event, representing many mid-western states and Canada. Four speakers addressed choices for libraries, followed by a response from a panel of regional collection librarians. As University of Minnesota University Librarian, Tom Shaughnessy, told the audience in his welcoming address, “There is nothing more critical to libraries than collections and assessments.” The speakers supported this theme with four well-informed “Making Choices” presentations.