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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Most Recently Added

3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

 News / Last Modified: 30 October 2019

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 ...

Web Archiving for Public Libraries: Self-Paced Course

 News / Last Modified: 10 October 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...

Best Practices and Planning for Digitization Projects

 News / Last Modified: 13 September 2019

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...

Gamer's Advisory 101: Breaking the Monopoly

 News / Last Modified: 09 September 2019

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...

An Introduction to Digital Preservation

 Webinar / Last Modified: 20 August 2019

Archive and associated resources for December 15, 2010, webinar with Lisa A. Gregory, Jennifer Ricker and Amy Rudersdorf presenting on digital preservation.

Weeding the Library Collection: Updated Course

 News / Last Modified: 23 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...

You're Not a Real Fan: What Libraries Can Offer Fandom

 News / Last Modified: 28 June 2019

Fandom, enthusiasts surrounding a particular work or interest, is becoming increasingly popular. Members of fandom, as well as those researching this phenomenon, agree that it has a positive impact on individuals including improved social and technic...

Cataloging as Collaborative Librarianship

 Webinar / Last Modified: 22 May 2018

Archive and associated resources for the June 2, 2011, webinar with Rebecca L. Lubas, Amy Jackson and Sever Bordeianu on cataloging partnerships.

Advancing the National Digital Platform: New Report Available

 News / Last Modified: 21 May 2018

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

 Document / Last Modified: 21 May 2018

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