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Insider Article [May 2013] [05/07/13] (Interest Group Spotlight)
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Interest Group Spotlight

Collection Development Interest Group

Welcome to CDIG!  Our interest group provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about all aspects of collection development and collection management in public and academic libraries.  Our members look to each other for solutions to all the challenges of the modern-day collection universe.

CDIG is best known for its popular and thought-provoking CLA conference sessions.  At conference 2012, librarians from around the state participated in “Defying Gravity: Beyond Traditional in Collection Development,” which advanced ideas about working within budget challenges, including a discussion of patron-driven acquisitions.   We hope to have a session at this autumn’s conference entitled “Collection Connection: Engaging Readers Through Social Media,” which will explore how to directly promote materials to readers in online communities.

CDIG has also sponsored the California Writers Panel at conference since 2001.  Past themes have included: California mystery authors and “Left Coast Noir,” small presses, new novelists, water, civil liberties, World War Two memoirs, biographies, and California poets.  This year we hope to present, for the first time, a California Writers Panel featuring authors and illustrators of books for children.

During the coming year we look forward to strengthening our interest group with more opportunities for communication and collaboration.  Please join us and let us know how the “collective brain” can help you navigate the world of collection development.  We welcome your comments and your involvement with CDIG in 2013 and beyond.

 Mary Menzel, California Center for the Book, chair

Celeste Steward, Alameda County Library, program chair