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: Feb 20 – May 14, 2023 (12 weeks)

Where: Online & Asynchronous (see more info)

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

CE Credit: 3.5 CEUs/35 LEUs

Program: #305123

Questions? Email the CE Team

This class is now open for Wisconsin Directors seeking Grade II or III certification only. Please email the CE Team,, directly for registration information. 

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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.