Identification of Material for Selection: Identification is locating and identifying potentially worthwhile items to be added to the collection(s) of a library. Identification aids for books are-
i) Bibliographies: Bibliographies are a systematic list of books and other works such as journal articles.
ii) Best Books Guides: Best Books Guide covers the reviews of current works and important books from the past.
iii) Publisher’s Catalogues: The systematic listing of the books published by a publishing company.
iv) Reviews: Scientific and technical periodicals, newspapers, trade journals, having book review columns are important sources of book selection. The critical and evaluative reviews by subject experts and specialists are the best means for evaluating books.
v) Citation Analysis Tools: The citation analysis tools compute various impact measures for scholars based on data from citation indices.
vi) Online Databases: An online database is a database accessible from a network, including from the Internet.
vii) Electronic Resources: the term “electronic resource” describes all of the information products that are provided through a computer network. This includes electronic books and journals, bibliographic databases, and library website pages. Eg. Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/), Google Books (http://books.google.com/), etc.
viii) Syllabus of Courses in the Parent Organization: In case of academic library, the demand and need can also be ascertained by consulting the syllabus of the courses offered by the parent organization.
ix) Library Statistics: Statistics relating to books circulated from, and consulted in, the library to know what types of books are heavily used.
x) Library Users’ Recommendation: Suggestions from readers’ indents from subject experts or departments.
xi) Library Staff: Suggestions from the library staff working in the service departments.
For each item selected from these tools, a book selection slip should be prepared. The book selection slip should be grouped on the basis of subject or some other criteria.