2016 | 58 | 119-134
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Floating Collections – an Alternative Concept in Library Collection Management

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The article is about an alternative concept in library collection management – loating collections – very popular in American public libraries nowadays. Selected literature is presented, the history of approach and a case study from Monterey county Free Libraries (McFL) where the author of this article works. potential beneits and challenges of loating collections are presented as well.
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  • Monterey County Free Libraries
  • Addleman J., Monterey County Free Libraries Strategic Plan 2013–2016, 2012 [online]: [accessed: 15.11.2016].
  • Bartlett W.K., Floating collections: a collection development model for long-term success, Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited Inc., 2014.
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  • Hedlund O., Copeland A., Collection Management and the Budget Crunch: Are We Adequately Preparing Library Students for Current Practices?, “Collection Building” 2013, 32 (4), s. 128–132 [online]: [accessed: 15.11.2016].
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