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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.

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3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

 News / Last Modified: 23 November 2015

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 ...

What Languages Do Public Library Collections Speak?

 News / Last Modified: 04 November 2015

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...

Competencies for Preservation

 Document / Last Modified: 14 August 2015

Preservation covers a wide range of activities: repairing the physical damage to well-used materials; transforming physical materials into digital format; or preserving the historic record or other notable resource collections.

Gamer's Advisory 101: Breaking the Monopoly

 News / Last Modified: 05 June 2015

The hobby board game market is booming. Everywhere news media outlets pronounce that board games are "making a comeback" or are "going through a golden age" or experiencing a "renaissance" or are "in full swing.&quo...

The World of Cataloging

 Document / Last Modified: 13 May 2015

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