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18930"The Company They Keep"

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  • Lynn Maudlin
    Sep 11, 2007
      Diana Glyer's excellent book, THE COMPANY THEY KEEP, has been chosen
      as part of the YBP's Core 1000 (second quarter 2007). Libraries are no
      doubt familiar with the Yankee Book Peddlers but, for those of us who
      are not:

      "YBP Library Services is pleased to make available the YBP CORE 1000.
      YBP has developed, designed and implemented this service to aid
      academic libraries in assessing current collections and to allow
      smaller academic libraries the opportunity to benefit from
      participation with a seasoned vendor in collection development.

      "Each quarter year YBP will release a segment of the Core 1000 list
      that will include 250 titles. The Profiling Bibliographers at YBP
      select these titles for inclusion on the list. The selection process
      is complex. The profiling unit, which describes each title
      book-in-hand, will maintain lists of titles each quarter within the
      subject matter specialty assigned to that Profiler. Thereafter, the
      titles selected are carefully screened to identify major titles that
      will stand the test of time and be expected to be contained within
      good collections. The four quarterly lists of 250 titles will be
      combined in February and form the Core 1000 for that year.

      "Each year over 50,000 new titles are published that have relevance to
      the academic market. The YBP Core 1000 list is a valuable tool in
      assuring that essential titles are added to the collections. The
      skill, judgment, knowledge and experience of YBP's profiling
      bibliographers are the foundation upon which the Core 1000 is built.
      Thus, the intellectual honesty in describing titles, a proud YBP
      hallmark, will remain and neither publishers nor trends will influence
      the selection of titles for the benefit of academic libraries."

      This is an excellent book - y'all should read it!
      -- Lynn --
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