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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3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

 News / Last Modified: 02 November 2017

As individuals and communities react to conflict in the world, we're reminded of the ways in which libraries often serve as a sanctuary for those looking for physical or emotional safety. But unfortunately, even the committed and welcoming staff who ...

Seven Answers to Seven Weeding Questions

 News / Last Modified: 31 August 2017

Deciding how to weed your library's collection can be daunting. Decisions about criteria and policies are important to address to provide guidance to weeders. Holly Hibner, Adult Services Coordinator, and Mary Kelly, Adult Services Librarian from the...

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...