University of Wisconsin–Madison

Organization and Management of Collections

In order to be an effective director or staff member, you must understand the basics of collection management and how the collection is organized. This class will give you tools to create and maintain a dynamic library collection. Assignments will provide you the opportunity to utilize assessment and weeding methods, as well develop a Collection Development Policy for your library.

This course fulfills a requirement for WI Public Library Director Certification.

Wisconsin library directors taking this class for their required certification are eligible to apply for a certification course scholarship.

Required textbook: Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, 4th edition, by Peggy Johnson, 2018. (ISBN: 9780838916414)

At a glance

When: Jan 31 – Apr 24, 2022

Where: Online

Cost: $425 (10% discount if you register 2 weeks in advance!)

CE Credit: 3.5 CEUs/35 LEUs

Program: #306322

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Jan 7, 2022: Due to class size constraints, registration is now prioritized for Grade 2 or 3 Wisconsin Public Library directors*. Please contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer for a registration link.

*If you are not a grade 2/3 Wisconsin public library director, you will be able to register as space allows, please contact Meredith or Anna to indicate your interest in registration. If you contact us prior to the early bird registration deadline, that discount will still be honored.

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Course details


  • Planning and policies

  • Collection assessment and collection standards

  • Budgeting

  • Selection of various formats; materials for special populations

  • Gifts and weeding

  • Resource sharing agreements

  • Methods of organization

  • MARC format and understanding catalog records

  • Shared catalogs

  • Role of technology and networking in a shared environment

  • Processing and repair

Expectations: The class covers weekly topics through readings, links, video lectures, and discussion questions. You are expected to participate in weekly lessons with online discussions/postings on real-life situations and an assignment related to the topic.

Instructor: Leah Gentry is a cataloger and reference librarian at Menomonee Falls (WI) Public Library.