“Libraries need to become fundamentally different institutions than they were twenty years ago.” So says Mark Sandler in his article, “Collection Development in the Day of Google” in the October, 2006 issue of Library Resources & Technical Services.1 Is your collection development policy up to date? Does it reflect user’s expectations? Does it provide for an expanded range of formats? Does it address funding issues?

As the small college library develops a collection that supports the curriculum of the college, the policy that governs that responsibility must be reflective of the community it serves. Overarching issues like information literacy and the rapidly changing information environment must also be considered.