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Published 2019 | Version v1.0.0
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Collection Development Best Practices (Version 1.0)


The Collection Development Best Practices project of the Medical Library Association Collection Development Caucus (earlier- Section) assists fellow librarians in acquiring or enhancing knowledge about the responsibilities and tasks involved in health sciences collection development.


The intended audience of this document is new collection development librarians and librarians whose primary responsibilities are not in collection development. The different sections should reflect the areas of responsibility and the tasks involved in development and management of collections in the health sciences. By no means is the information provided exhaustive, and resource suggestions are provided that may provide more details.


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