Collection Management in the Digital Age: Developing a Collection Management and Development Policy
This self paced online course by LIANZA is the second in the Collection Management series. This module describes the framework and rationale for developing a Collection Management and Development Policy, providing you with the tools to actually get a policy written, and some tips about the implementation phase.
Collection Management is one of the most challenging aspects of providing information services, and one of the most important professional activities in which the information professional regularly engages. An astute selection of materials, combined with efficient acquisition procedures, enables libraries to provide the patron with access to information. Embedded within the technical processes of Collection Management are some of the key issues facing librarianship today, such as censorship, copyright compliance, and preservation/conservation of materials.
The LIANZA series of Collection Management modules aims to equip library and information management staff with a comprehensive knowledge of collection management and collection development principles and practises, from the beginning to the end of the entire process. The course is intended to be thought provoking as well as informative.
Each module will be a stand-alone self-paced online learning course, so you can pick and choose which ones you want to register for, but they will also be launched in a logical order of progression if you want to work your way through the entire process of collection management from start to finish. Other modules will be released regularly over the next couple of years.
This module describes the framework and rationale for developing a Collection Management and Development Policy, providing you with the tools to actually get a policy written, and some tips about the implementation phase.
The learning outcomes include the ability to:
state the reasons that a Collection Management and Development Policy is necessary for a library
explain the difference between a policy and a procedure
understand the structure of a policy and know which elements to include
articulate the approval steps when developing a policy
write the policy
develop collection specific statements
implement and update the policy
Course Content Creator
Margaret Ferguson is the Collection Policy and Development Manager at Victoria University Library.
In this role she is responsible for a number of key areas including supporting the current and future development and management of the library’s collections, ensuring that the collection is fit-for-purpose, analysing trends and return on investment and writing collection policy. Margaret has worked for over 25 years in tertiary libraries, and is using her knowledge of the wide range of collection management activities to create cross-sector collection management materials, with the ultimate aim of creating a suite of LIANZA online learning courses in this area.
The course is estimated to be approximately three hours of online learning and you will have a maximum of six months to complete either course from the time your registration is confirmed.
The course is self-paced, and involves approximately three hours of online learning. Once you start, you will have six months to complete it – plenty of time to fit your professional development in with a busy schedule.
The course won’t be facilitated by a tutor, you will work your way through the material by reading a section of information and answering the check questions at the end of the section. All you need is access to a web browser.
The course costs NZD$50.00 (GST inclusive) for LIANZA members and personal members of ALIA, and NZD $80.00 (GST inclusive) for non-members.
There are a few simple steps required to get registered for this course. Have a look at our online course registration page, and then get stuck in!
Revalidation and related resources
If you're professionally registered, don’t forget to record the learning in your revalidation journal under to BoK 8 and you can search our learning resources for more materials in this area.