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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Multicultural Picture Books: A Deeper Look at Your Collection

Publish Date: News / 5 December 2019

Do you feel it is important to have a diverse children’s collection, but don’t always know where to start? The Diverse BookFinder Collection Analysis Tool (CAT), funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is specifically des...

Web Archiving for Public Libraries: Self-Paced Course

Publish Date: News / 8 August 2019

The fact that the news, events, celebrations and even disasters that take place in our local communities are by now almost solely documented online is itself no longer new information. For many years the decline of print news has paralleled the incre...

Weeding the Library Collection: Updated Self-Paced Course

Publish Date: News / 2 July 2019

Mention collection development and most librarians think of the selection of new materials for the library. Weeding - removing library materials from your collection - is an often forgotten, yet integral part of collection development. In this update...

Best Practices and Planning for Digitization Projects

Publish Date: News / 23 May 2018

Alyce L. Scott, a lecturer with the School of Information at San Jose State University, explores the best practices and planning needed for digitization projects.

The long term viability of digital collections will be ensured only by consideri....

Seven Answers to Seven Weeding Questions

Publish Date: News / 4 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...

Unfolding History at Your Library

Publish Date: News / 27 April 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...

Advancing the National Digital Platform: New Report Available

Publish Date: News / 23 March 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...

The World of Cataloging

Publish Date: Document / 21 February 2017

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