Floating Collections for Public Libraries

ALCTS webinar: Floating Collections for Public Libraries

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon
Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: In this webinar, we will provide a current overview of
floating collection practices across the U.S. We will focus on ways in
which staff from all areas of the library system can optimize customer
access to materials in a floating collection. We will discuss the role
management staff across departments have in addressing the collection
maintenance opportunities and challenges associated with system
collections. Topics covered will include content/title coverage in
individual branches, and how staff collaboration and ILS tools may be used
to aid in more system-wide collection maintenance; we will also share
strategies for customizing local branch holdings to reflect the browsing
interest of in-person customers. We will highlight the importance of online
library guides and featured titles lists in building awareness of materials
not actually on hand at physical locations. Technological trends—such as
the prevalence of smart phones and mobile apps, which build customer
awareness of holdings in the library catalog—will also be discussed as an
increasingly favored method of discovering library holdings.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will

receive updated information on the use of floating collections across
the U.S.

be familiar with the results of a staff survey regarding floating
collection effectiveness

gain an understanding of how reducing in transit delivery times results
in greater collection access

develop practices which allow for local collection customization to
support in-person browsing

build awareness of the increased ease and demand for accessing the
library collection via mobile devices

learn new techniques for building customer awareness of collection

Who should attend? Public service staff, collection development staff, web
services, and administrative staff.


Deborah George is the Division Director of Materials Management at Gwinnett
County Public Library in Lawrenceville, Ga., where she supervises materials
selection and cataloging, technical services and interlibrary loan. Her
previous positions include working as a children’s and reference librarian,
as well as serving as a manager of both of the library website and a
physical branch.

Barbara Spruill is the Branch Services Division Director for Gwinnett
County Public Library, which has been floating all collections except
reference and magazines since 2004. Barbara received her MLS from Florida
State University and has worked with library collections throughout her
career. She presented a panel presentation and virtual program, “Adrift or
Right on Target: Perspectives on Floating Collections” for PLA as well as
an ALCTS e-forum with Deborah George on floating collections in public


Registration Fees: ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate
(members/non-members) $99/$129 ; International $43

For additional information and access to registrations links, please go to
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ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording
shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org . For
all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie
Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.