University of Wisconsin–Madison

NEW! Managing Children’s and YA Collections

Youth Services librarians are a brave lot but keeping up with collection responsibilities can sometimes be a bit intimidating.  How do you find time to keep up with the seemingly endless stream of series, the sales people who want to visit and the thousands of books published every year for babies through teens?  What do you do when your shelves are sagging and you need to make your collection more accessible?  This course will help you navigate collection options, learn about different tools and techniques that will help streamline processes, and help you feel confident as you make decisions that are right for your library and community. 

At a glance

When: Feb 18 – Mar 24, 2019

Where: Online

Cost: $165 (10% discount when you register by Feb 3!)

CE Credit: 1.8 CEUs/18 LEUs

Program: #305519

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Print out a registration form

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins

Course details


  • Collection development policies
  • Tools to help streamline processes
  • Selection criteria
  • Collection evaluation and weeding
  • Using reports
  • Making your collection accessible


A pass/fail grade is based on completion of short assignments that pertain to weekly lectures and actively participating in online discussions.  The course is designed with working people in mind and assignments will be relevant and practical. 


Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer is the Youth Services Manager at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, WI.