Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Collection Management in the Digital Age: An Introduction

This self paced online course by LIANZA is the first module in the Collection Management series. This course is introductory, getting you to think about Collection Management and giving you a taste of some of the foundation documents and activities.

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.

Each Collection Management 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.

Course Content

This first module is introductory, getting you to think about Collection Management and giving you a taste of some of the foundation documents and activities.

The learning outcomes include the ability to:

  • define a collection

  • state the differences between Collection Management and Collection Development

  • describe the range of Collection Management responsibilities, articulate the required skills and competencies for Collection Management

  • analyse a case study to understand the process of implementing or revising Collection Management policies and processes

  • present a brief pitch on why Collection Management is important

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.

This course is estimated to require approximately one hour of online learning, you will have a maximum of six months to complete the course from the time your registration is confirmed.

Course Format

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.


FREE to LIANZA members only and NZD$23.00 (GST inclusive) for non-members and ALIA members.
(While the introductory course is free to LIANZA members there is still a charge to LIANZA. Because of this we are unable to offer multiple registrations to individuals. For this reason don’t register until you are sure you have time to complete the module – as you will have six months to complete it and we cannot provide an extension. To re-register a second time will cost $23.00.)

To register

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.

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