Collections Management

Viewing Special Collections at the Providence Public Library

Managing library collections in an ongoing and ever-changing process. Between monitoring community interests, cataloging print and digital materials, weeding and preserving, the work of catalogers and technical service staff is never complete. This section will connect you with information about materials acquisition, cataloging, circulation, collection development and maintenance, processing and preservation, and digitization.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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The World of Cataloging

 Document / Last Modified: 06 June 2017

Links to basic cataloging resources, discussions on cataloging, and the most recent developments.

Crowdsourcing 101: Fundamentals and Case Studies

 Webinar / Last Modified: 05 June 2017

This webinar will explore crowdsourcing techniques used increasingly by organizations and institutions seeking to gather vast amounts of new knowledge and participation from online contributors.

Best Practices and Planning for Digitization Projects

 Document / Last Modified: 05 June 2017

The success of a project is generally in proportion to the time spent in planning the project. To help you avoid some of the pitfalls here are some recommendations and resources for planning a digital imaging project.

Leading toward Unfathomable Futures

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

Last spring, I visited the Library of Congress for the very first time. As an aspiring librarian and unabashed lover of North American history, this was heaven. One of my favorite exhibits was Thomas Jefferson's Library, which is a reconstruction of ...

Unfolding History at your Library

 News / Last Modified: 12 May 2017

In our information-saturated and social-mediated world, we are all subject to some filtering of the news we receive. It's a challenge to get the full picture of things happening, especially complex world events. Think back to the information landscap...

Scoping and Funding Crowdsourcing Projects

 Webinar / Last Modified: 04 May 2017

This webinar will explore how researchers, as well as libraries, museums and archives, interested in studying or using crowdsourcing techniques can seek funding for their ideas.

What Languages Do Public Library Collections Speak?

 News / Last Modified: 03 May 2017

In May of 2014, Slate published a series of maps illustrating the languages other than English spoken in each of the fifty US states. In nearly every state, the most commonly spoken non-English language was Spanish. But when Spanish is excluded as we...