Faculty Publications

Title

The information file in academic libraries: An unexploited resource

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Collection Management

Volume

16

Issue

3

First Page

53

Last Page

79

Abstract

Information or vertical files in academic libraries arc an often neglected resource. This is in part owing to the fact that such files are frequently neither current nor adequately accessible. Yet they have the potential of providing valuable resources and data not found elsewhere in the library. The position taken in this article is that the information file can serve a vital role in the information finding process if it is managed according to standards similar to those generally applied in the academic library for collection building and access. The paper discusses questions that need to be considered in developing a collection policy for the information file, looks at appropriate selection tools, and briefly outlines various methods of ensuring adequate access. The appendix contains a list of newsletters dealing with current or controversial issues that are suitable for addition to an academic library information file. © 1993 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-12-1993

DOI of published version

10.1300/J105v16n03_05

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