Collection Management For Beginners: What I Did Not Learn In Library School

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Conference Proceeding

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Library and Information Science


It's true that library school provides a valuable foundation to prepare one for work experience; however, certain lessons can only be learned on the job - often at the most inopportune moments. This presentation will explore collection management lessons learned - at rapid speed - following the retirement of the Collection Management Librarian after 35 years at the University of Southern Mississippi. Topics covered include negotiating licensing agreements, working with procurement and legal, managing budgets and identifying budget savings, and working with university departments, library liaisons, and vendors to get the job done.

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Ohio Valley Group fo Technical Services Librarians (OVGTSL) 2023