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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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...

The World of Cataloging

 Document / Last Modified: 08 May 2017

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

Crowdsourcing 101: Fundamentals and Case Studies

 Webinar / Last Modified: 05 May 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.

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...

3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

 News / Last Modified: 26 April 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 ...

Advancing the National Digital Platform: New Report Available

 News / Last Modified: 06 April 2017

A report summarizing the results of needs assessment and gap analysis of digitization activities in US public libraries and state library agencies is now available from OCLC Research. The 2016 surveys explored areas including how many libraries are p...