Chapter 9 looked into creating a collection of resources. Ideally, there would be 4 factors to take into account; the book defined them as normative, felt, expressed, and comparative. I would define them as, 1) what expert opinion thinks I need, 2) what the community seems like it needs, 3) what the community say they need, but not what they want, and 4) what does other libraries suggest I need. Even taking into account all of the factors, it is practically impossible to fulfill the needs of everybody.
The most useful suggestion I found in the chapter is about change. Basically, be prepared for change. It’s like that saying, “The only constant is change.” It seems that if I keep an open mind and prepare for change, I can create a decent collection for the community. Make more connections with people and collaborate with them on projects. Whether or not it is directly beneficial to building a collection, it is important to building a community.
From experience, the collections I’ve seen have been mainly dictated by the power. These powerful members have significant influence over the community. I saw material being purchased that would only serve the few elites. The explanation I was given is that those material will definitely be used to serve a greater purpose. While I am certain that those expensive materials were being utilized, it didn’t seem fair to the other 99% of the community who will most likely never use them. How does one weigh a fiction novel that will be used several times for entertainment against a scientific textbook that will be used by one person for his/her research? I have yet to find any common ground.