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.

At a glance

When: Jan 28 – Apr 21, 2019

Where: Online

Cost: $415 (10% discount if you register by Jan 13!)

CE Credit: 3.0 CEUs/30 LEUs

Program: #304319

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


  • 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


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.


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