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Collection Development Caucus

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The Collection Development Caucus is a dynamic, supportive, informative, and exciting resource for those interested in collection development for today’s technology-driven, budget- conscious environments.

This caucus provides a forum for communication and cooperation among health sciences librarians charged with responsibility for selection, retention, and deselection of library materials; promotes the education of health sciences librarians in general and those responsible for collection development in particular in matters relating to the philosophy, design, conduct, and evaluation of collection development programs; and provides a resource group among the MLA membership that will be available to coordinate, propose, support, or study, alone or in conjunction with other related bodies, issues relevant to the development of library collections and practices in health sciences institutions.

Member Benefits

  • CDC forum
  • membership directory
  • newsletter (Developments)
  • collection development tools
  • specialized website

Public Resources

Health Sciences Collection Development: An Overview of Fundamental Knowledge and Practices (2nd Ed.) was created by caucus members to provide librarians with key concepts about health sciences collection development. The chapters provide an overview of the responsibilities and tasks involved in the development and management of health sciences collections; it is recommended that readers refer to the references and further reading sections in each chapter for a more detailed look at each topic.

The caucus is also developing a list of collections-related Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEI&A) projects and resources in this Google Doc. If you require a PDF version, please contact

CDC Leaders

Sarah McClung
University of California, San Francisco
Chair; Community Council Alternate
Karen Gau
Virginia Commonwealth University
Erin Wentz
MCPHS University
Immediate Past Chair; Community Council Representative
Dianne M Aldrich
Rocky Vista University
Qian (Ella) Hu
Wayne State University
Web Manager
Sarah Wade
Campbell University
Developments Coeditor
J. Michael Lindsay, AHIP
University of Tennessee
Developments Coeditor; Delegate, Professionalism & Leadership Domain Hub
Robyn Gleasner, AHIP
Delegate, Information Services Domain Hub
Megan Besaw Inman
East Carolina University
Delegate, Information Management Domain Hub
Megan Jaskowiak
Miami University
Delegate, Health Equity and Global Health Domain Hub
Teresa McGinley
Delegate, Innovation and Research Practice Domain Hub
Rebecca Raszewski, AHIP
University of Illinois at Chicago
Delegate, Clinical Support Domain Hub
Sola Whitehead, AHIP
VA Portland Health Care System
Delegate, Education Domain Hub