Collection Development 2020 | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

Ebooks. Self publishing. Platforms, platforms, platforms. It's hard enough to keep up now; what will collection development librarians' jobs look like in 2020? At LJ's Day of Dialog, held May 29 at the McGraw-Hill auditorium in New York City, Christopher Platt, Director, Collections and Circulation Operations, New York Public Library, put that question to a panel of librarians and a publisher.

LJ DOD LOGO 2013 Collection Development 2020 | Library Journals Day of DialogEbooks. Self publishing. Platforms, platforms, platforms. It’s hard enough to keep up now; what will collection development librarians’ jobs look like in 2020? At LJ‘s Day of Dialog, held May 29 at the McGraw-Hill auditorium in New York City, Christopher Platt, Director, Collections and Circulation Operations, New York Public Library, put that question to a panel of librarians and a publisher. Below are highlights of the discussion.

The panelists were Celeste Steward, Collection Development Librarian, Alameda County Library, CA; Anna Mickelson, Reference Librarian, Springfield City Library, MA; Robin Bradford, Collection Development Librarian, Indianapolis Public Library; Terri Clark, Acquisitions Department Manager, Mid-Continent Public Library, MO; and Tina Pohlman, Publisher, Open Road Integrated Media, a three-year-old company that publishes backlist and classic titles and offering digitization, sales, marketing, and distribution services to authors.

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Platt’s introductory discussion of his own workplace served to highlight the rapid changes in the field. He’s head of the fledgling (three-week-old) Book Ops department that combines the technical services divisions of Brooklyn and New York Public Libraries, and that will select and process 150 million items per year. It emerged that working in centralized collection development departments was a common experience among the panelists; Steward is a selector for 11 branch libraries, and Bradford for 23 branches plus a central library. Open Road’s Polhman is no stranger to large-scale work herself, corralling a stable of 500 authors and 4,000 titles.

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