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Friday, November 6 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Collecting Ideas on Collecting: How to Edit a Collected Work from Concept to Publication

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Collection development librarians face many challenges in the rapidly changing environment of scholarly publications. One approach is to investigate other librarians’ experiences —and then compile the solutions in a special journal issue or book of collected essays. The authors have experience compiling collected works and are eager share tips and techniques to encourage others to accept the rewarding challenge of compiling an edited work in collection development. Steps include:
• Developing an idea
• Deciding whether to edit solo or with a team
• Finding a publisher
• Writing the proposal
• Setting goals and deadlines
• Working with a style guide
• Soliciting contributions and/or sending out a call for papers
• Selecting papers
• Communicating with authors
• Editing papers
• Communicating with the publisher

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Judith M. Nixon

Education Librarian, Purdue University
Over the course of my library career, I have been building academic library collections in the area of education, business, food/nutrition, and hospitality. This has ranged from selecting and evaluating databases to journal deselection projects, from designing libraries to solving miss-shelving problems. Technology has made our job of developing collections easier because of the wealth of data about our collection use and our users.
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Suzanne Ward

Collection Strategist, Purdue University
My interests include e-books, patron-driven acquisitions, print retention, and professional writing.

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