It is often said that libraries are about more than books, but users might not always agree. Have you ever wondered how library collections are built and maintained? Why do we spend so much time and effort on our collections? What do you need to know to be a good selector? How do ethics and intellectual freedom issues come into play in collection development?
In this interactive and informative program, you’ll get an overview of collection development in public libraries and join in a discussion of the trends and issues facing selectors and collection development work.


Original broadcast April 23, 2020

Biography ~ Barry Trott

Barry Trott is Special Projects and Technical Services Director at the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library, where he coordinates the library’s communications and marketing, statistical analysis, digital collections, services, and programs, including the library website, and acquisitions and cataloging. Barry earned his MSLS from The Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science in 1997 and has worked since then at the Williamsburg Regional Library, starting off as a reference librarian and then as readers’ services librarian. In 2001, he became Adult Services Director, and in 2012 was appointed Digital Services Director, where he served until 2014 when he was appointed to his current position.
Barry is past-president of the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). He edited the readers’ advisory column for Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) from 2004-2012 and served as editor of RUSQ from 2012-18. He also writes for the NoveList database.