Collection development starts with the budget. In Cuyahoga County, OH, that means the library’s executive team, led by Director Sari Feldman, and administrative team, led by Deputy Director Tracy Strobel, sit down and crunch the numbers. Once Wendy Bartlett, collection development manager, gets the resulting figure—some $8.5 million this year—she must divvy it up into all the various subjects, genres, and formats necessary to serve best the library system’s 28 branches and 884,035 cardholders—and maximize circulation of its materials, which reached 20,613,810 in 2012.
Henrietta Thornton-Verma, formerly associate editor, reference, for Library Journal (LJ)’s book review, will take over as editor of the book review effective October 1. She succeeds Heather McCormack, who left LJ this summer to join 3M’s new ebook lending division as collection development manager. Before joining LJ in July 2011, Thornton-Verma served as reference editor [...]