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A Practical Writing Guide for Academic Librarians by Jonathan Wallace, Anne Langley

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Public services and collections

Most of the documents in this chapter are specific to libraries; you won’t encounter them anywhere else. Your library may prescribe a format for each of them, created and decided upon by committee.

That may seem like a straitjacket if you’re the creative type, but it’s usually a good thing. If you’re handed a format to use, a lot of your work is already done for you. And in our experience, most institutions are flexible; if you can justify doing so by showing that it will help the users, you can add categories or deviate from the format in other ways.

Even though you have a local format, the types of information you write about won’t vary much from institution to institution. That is, a subject guide in chemistry ...

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