Collection Management

Sustainable Collection Management Workshops

Sustainable Collection Management: Writing Collection Management Policies

Available as webinar and onsite.

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Summary: The best defense is a good offense.  Putting parameters in place for your collection management strategy, in writing, makes it easier for your staff, your board, your community when hard choices or questions arise.  Aligning these with your mission and your abilities as an organization is vital.   Ensure that you are covering all the bases while remaining flexible for the many changes in information access.

After this webinar participants will

  • understand the purpose of writing policies and their place in library administration.
  • Know what to include in collection management policies
  • be able to begin an outline for writing a collection management policy.
  • be more aware of tools to assist with writing collection management policies.

Objectives: To gain an understanding of the basic sections of a standard collection management policy and the thought processes and tools used to write these policies.

Method: Lecture with Q&A
Onsite: Proven interactive and creative group exercises to create an accessible platform for learning the abstract concepts being introduced.
Webinar: use of real world examples to illustrate the abstract concepts being introduced

Outcomes: Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the purpose, content, and structure of the Collection Management Policy.  They will have tools and skills to immediately apply to writing and implementing a policy as well as training others in using the policy and applying it to not only selection and deselection, but customer service and other interactions with boards, government agencies, and the public.  

Sustainable Collection Management: Intellectual Freedom and the Collection Management Policy

Available as webinar and onsite.

Summary: One of the core values in libraries is Intellectual Freedom: ensuring free access to information.  Collection Management is one of the key areas in that mission.   Creating policies that ensure diversity and accessibility to information for our communities, while also valuing the different opinions in that community, can be challenging for the library organization.  It is important to understand the core concepts of intellectual freedom and how they apply to collection development so that your library is fulfilling its mission in your community.

After this workshop participants will

  • understand what ‘intellectual freedom’ means and ensure that collection management policies include and align with these concepts.
  • understand the processes for handling challenges to materials and services and be able to create appropriate procedures and documents for challenges.
  • be more aware of tools to assist with intellectual freedom concepts and collection management.

Objectives: To gain an understanding of Intellectual Freedom as defined by ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and how it is applied specifically in the Collection Management Policy.

Method: Lecture with Q&A
Onsite: Proven interactive and creative group exercises to create an accessible platform for learning the abstract concepts being introduced.
Webinar: use of real world examples to illustrate the abstract concepts being introduced

Outcomes: Attendees will leave with a better understanding of Intellectual Freedom and the Collection Management Policy.  They will have tools and skills to immediately apply to writing and implementing this aspect of the policy as well as training others in its use and application in not only selection and deselection, but customer service and other interactions with boards, government agencies, and the public. Every attendee will leave with ideas for improving and/or implementing the tenets of Intellectual Freedom in their organization.

Sustainable Collection Management: Weeding, Part One

Available as webinar and onsite.

Summary: “Weeding” in library circles is often a dirty word.  Why would we want to get rid of anything?  Maybe you have experienced a backlash or resistance from the community, persistent patrons, your board, your staff, or even yourself.   How we approach the task is as important as how we carry it out.  Preparation, publicity, timing, mindset, and creating your strategy all figure in the first steps of deselection.

After this webinar participants will

  • be able to assess materials and services in terms of selection and deselection.
  • understand how to take a more holistic approach to weeding in all areas of the library
  • create sustainable practices for ongoing weeding processes
  • create a comprehensive plan for a larger weeding project

 Objectives: To gain an understanding of the weeding process as a whole, including the behavioral aspects of staff and customers to the process, and to learn how to craft a comprehensive weeding plan.

Method: Lecture with Q&A Onsite: Proven interactive and creative group exercises to create an accessible platform for learning the abstract concepts being introduced. Webinar: use of real world examples to illustrate the abstract concepts being introduced

Outcomes: Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the purpose of weeding, how to integrate it into the selection process, and what is involved in getting everyone “on board”.  They will have the tools and skills to immediately begin creating a comprehensive weeding plan for their organization. Every attendee will leave with ideas for working with the public, as well as board and staff members, to create a transparent weeding process.  

Sustainable Collection Management: Weeding, Part Two

 Available as webinar and onsite. 
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Summary: Once you have created your plan for deselection what next?  There are many ways to determine what goes and what stays and usage and age are only two of them.  How do you deal with the digital collection?  What about resource sharing?  Should you sell, donate, or toss what you cull?  Are you applying this equally in all areas of your library including services related to collections? Make informed decisions without bias. After this webinar participants will

  • be able to assess materials and services in terms of deselection
  • be able to implement a project plan for larger weeding projects
  • have new ideas of how to dispose of weeded materials
  • be more aware of ways to communicate with stakeholders on weeding concepts and plans

Objectives: To effectively apply a comprehensive weeding plan, what to do with removed materials, and the ins and outs of determining what stays, what goes, and why.

Method: Lecture with Q&A Onsite: Proven interactive and creative group exercises to create an accessible platform for learning the abstract concepts being introduced. Webinar: use of real world examples to illustrate the abstract concepts being introduced

Outcomes: Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the criteria for deselection of materials.  They will have the tools and skills to immediately begin applying a comprehensive weeding plan for their organization.  Every attendee will leave with ideas for distributing the removed materials and communicating with stakeholders.