Monday, March 25, 2013

Apr-May: Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management
Session:  April 29 – May 24, 2013

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

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

- Describe the range of CDM responsibilities and the required skills and competencies
- 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.

Credits: This course is one-third of the Collection Management elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP).

Registration Fees:  $109 ALCTS Member and  $129 Non-member

For additional details including 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 this web course, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

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