I’m a Collection Development Expert Now
I just found out that WebJunction has me listed as one of four blog resources for collection development. I’m flattered, but I actually feel that that distinction is a bit inappropriate, and I don’t think that’s false modesty on my part. Sure I’ve discussed the subject a few times, and I enjoy writing book reviews, but it is an aspect of tech services that I have no formal training in.
I can probably claim some expertise as a selector for graphic novels, but besides that all I have to go on are my own reading habits, which probably don’t make a great basis for building up anyone else’s collection. Besides tons of comics I mostly read New Wave, Slipstream, and New Weird S.F., hard-boiled detective, and anything by either Haruki Murakami or M.T. Anderson. All of which makes me a great selector as long as the target audience is solely the attendees at Readercon, but probably disqualifies me from anyone else.
Oh, and just to clear up some other confusion from WebJunction, I am a guy.