Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management

Session 2: April 21 – May 16, 2014

This four-week online course addresses the basic components of collection
development and management (CDM) in libraries. The course was developed by
Peggy Johnson, University of Minnesota. Complete definition of collection
development and collection management

Collections policies and budgets as part of library planning

Collection development (selecting for and building collections)

Collection management (evaluating and making decisions about existing
collections, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation)

Collection analysis–why and how to do it

Outreach, liaison, and marketing

Trends and some suggestions about the future for collection development
and management

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

Describe the range of CDM responsibilities and the required skills and

List the elements in a collection development policy

Write a collection development policy

Explain the importance of collection analysis

Perform one or more types of analysis

Explain outreach and liaison responsibilities and be able to develop a
plan to increase your activities in these areas

Who Should Attend:

This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the
topic with no previous experience.


Brian Quinn, Coordinator of Collection Development, Texas Tech University

Susanne Clement, Director, Quinney Library, College of Natural
Resources, Utah

Jennifer Arnold, Director of Library Services, Central Piedmont
Community College, North Carolina

Jeanette Mosey, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Janet Marnatti, Collection Management Director, Bucks County Free
Library, Pennsylvania

Andrea Wirth, Collection Development and Science Librarian, Oregon State
University, Oregon

Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager, Kent District Library,

Registration Fees: $109 ALCTS Member and $139 Non-member

For additional details, registration links, and contact information see:

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

*Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.*