Selecting titles for the reference area in an opening day collection is a complex task. There are many different approaches that serve libraries well. Our effort here isn't to substitute for your judgment, experience or knowledge of your local needs. Instead, it is to provide a variety of "lists" that will serve as starting points. These are our recommendations for Salem Press printed reference at various budget levels for our portion of your reference section.
The lists provided here (and the downloadable spreadsheets that mirror them) are easy to work with. The lists can be saved (provided you've taken the five minutes required to register) so that you can review them at your leisure and collaborate with others in developing your final selections.
Click on a highlighted link to view the list in question:
Main Library - A collection for the anchor institution among branches.
Large Library - A large single public library.
Medium-sized Library - Mid-sized Opening Day Reference Collection.
Small Library - A library with limited resources.
In an effort to support and assist those faced with the high costs of new collections, Salem Press offers special discounts on opening day collections. We extend these to our direct customers (buying via field representatives, customer service by phone or fax and over the web) and we cooperate with all major wholesalers, offering deeper discounts through them than is the norm. Please call our customer service representatives for help in coordinating these special discounts. (800) 221-1592.
Cataloging & Processing
All orders direct to Salem for $750 or more qualify for free cataloging and processing. In almost all cases, this includes your opening day collection.