Making a Collection Count: Collection Management Basics

When: March 4 – April 28, 2024 (8 weeks)

Where: Online, asynchronous (see more info)

Cost: $360  (10% discount if you register 2 weeks in advance!)

CE Credit: 2.6 CEUs / 26 LEUs

Program: #311124


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Make your collection count! This course covers collection management basics from selection to weeding and the entire life cycle of a collection in between. Our holistic approach to collection management will help all types and sizes of libraries to keep pace with the demands and expectations of their communities.

You will learn:

  • To formulate and implement a collection development policy that supports the library’s mission and goals and defends intellectual freedom

  • Each part of the collection life cycle contributes to collection quality: selection, acquisitions, cataloging, processing, use, shelving, repair, and weeding

  • To identify and utilize data to make collection decisions

  • To weed respectfully and responsibly

  • The practicalities of physical space, from shelving and signage to classification systems and displays

  • To formulate a collection budget that efficiently allocates funds across formats and subject areas.

  • The future of library collections: Libraries of Things seed libraries, and other collection trends


Headshot of HollyHolly Hibner received an MLIS from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1999. She is the Adult Services Coordinator at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan, as well as Adjunct Professor in the School of Information at Wayne State University where she teaches Intro to Public Libraries.

Headshot of MaryMary Kelly received an MLIS from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 2002, and also has an MBA from Wayne State. Mary is the Digital Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan.

Holly and Mary are co-authors of the books Making a Collection Count: a holistic approach to library collection managementTaking Your Library Career to the Next Level: Participating, Publishing, and Presenting, as well as the Public Library Association’s Weeding Manual. They are co-founders and authors of the popular blog Awful Library Books.