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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A Community-Centered Approach to Digital Collections

Publish Date: News / 16 July 2024

Digital collections offer a way to preserve local history and artifacts while showcasing the diverse stories and voices in your community that might be absent from your physical collection. Creating and curating a diverse collection requires intentio...

Seasonal selections: Summer reading list and book display roundup

Publish Date: News / 25 June 2024

Libraries in the northern hemisphere are diving into a vibrant season of summer reading, and we want to spotlight some of your creative book displays, reading lists, and other reading initiatives. Check out how other libraries are commemorating Audio...

Partner with indie authors to share diverse stories

Publish Date: News / 11 June 2024

Despite efforts to increase representation in publishing, the industry remains predominantly white. Authors of color often face a range of challenges, including difficulty finding literary agents, limited access to publishing opportunities, and insuf...

Inclusive collections for supercharged storytimes

Publish Date: News / 27 December 2023

Storytimes can be transformative for children, offering them the chance to imagine possible futures for themselves. This begins with the stories you include. Look around your community and consider which books in your collection reflect the experienc...

Explore the Digital Stewardship Lifecycle

Publish Date: News / 15 August 2023

WebJunction created the Digital Collections Stewardship course series to help staff at smaller public and tribal libraries, archives and museums understand and navigate the work of creating, sharing and preserving digital collections of unique images...

Learn Digital Collections Stewardship with on-demand courses

Publish Date: News / 16 May 2023

OCLC's WebJunction, in partnership with Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, has created a series of free online courses developed for staff at tribal archives, libraries, museums (TALMs), and small public librar...

Adopt-a-Shelf program lets students create book fisplays

Publish Date: News / 12 April 2023

Libraries can offer safe, welcoming spaces for young people to access resources and programming, explore their interests, and connect with peers. And these benefits can be even more impactful when young people feel like they can actively contribute. ...