Collections Management

  • Web Archiving for Public Libraries: Self-Paced Course

    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

    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

    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...

  • Shelving with Dewey: Self-paced Course Updated

    Invite new staff or volunteers to become a top-notch Dewey shelver. In the recently updated course,  Shelving with Dewey, learners new to the Dewey Decimal Classification system lea...

  • Seven Answers to Seven Weeding Questions

    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

    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

    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...

  • 3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

    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 ...

  • Leading toward Unfathomable Futures

    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 ...

  • What Languages Do Public Library Collections Speak?

    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...