Curating Community Collections

Bloomsbury Libraries Unlimited: Bloomsbury Academic. Feb. 2024. 328p. ISBN 9781440880988. pap. $60.95. PRO MEDIA
Schreiber (collection development specialist, Cuyahoga County PL; Partnering with Parents) and Bartlett (collection development and acquisitions manager, Cuyahoga County PL; Floating Collections) offer a comprehensive guide to fostering inclusive collections that promote cultural competency and are tailored to individual communities’ interests, values, and needs. This hands-on toolkit provides robust information on best practices for conducting diversity audits, establishing and executing selection guidelines, and implementing equity-based deselection processes. At the heart of this book is a discussion of community collections and satellite community collections—intentional, nuanced collections that feature high-interest, engaging, and pertinent materials. The authors discuss how to create and monitor these collections, including tried-and-true approaches for curating world-languages collections. Each chapter includes a “Perspectives from the Field” section, which features advice, lessons learned, and viewpoints from information professionals working in a variety of libraries. The chapters are rounded out with a “CCC Toolbox” that contains suggestions for further reading and next steps.
VERDICT This excellent guide, featuring a mix of hands-on information, time-tested advice, and insight into the hows and whys of creating inclusive collections, is an indispensable resource. Perfect for collection development librarians, school librarians and teachers, and seasoned and early-career librarians.
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