White County Public Library

Cathy Farley Director 

     Collection development is the process of choosing which books to add to the Library's collection, either through purchasing or donations.  Libraries generally have extensive policies on what can be added to the library's collections, as well as what is not added.
     Collection development in White County is my responsibility.  I make decisions daily on which book will be included in your collection and where our limited book funds are spent.  The major factors in deciding which books are purchased is patron request and usage demand.
     For example, it is a given that your library will purchase bestselling fiction. The only factor in that is how many copies will we need?  If our waiting lists for a particular item are lengthy, a second or third copy will be purchased to meet that demand.
     Other books, like autobiographies, are judged on their content.  If the writer has insight in a particular area, the book is usually purchased.  If the writer is writing to increase his or her coffers, it is not.
     If the Library does not have the book you are looking for, be sure to request it at the counter.  Even if we cannot purchase it, we can usually borrow it from another library.
     P.S.  I would like to give a shout out to my favorite uncle.  You know who you are!

                              -Cathy Farley, Director