ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management

Session 1: March 9 – April 3, 2015

This four-week online course addresses the basic components of collection development and management (CDM) in libraries. Complete definition of collection development and collection management:

  • Collections policies and budgets as part of library planning
  • Collection development (selecting for and building collections)
  • Collection management (evaluating and making decisions about existing collections, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation)
  • Collection analysis—why and how to do it
  • Outreach, liaison, and marketing
  • Trends and some suggestions about the future for collection development and management

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the range of CDM responsibilities and the required skills and competencies
  • List the elements in a collection development policy
  • Write a collection development policy
  • Explain the importance of collection analysis
  • Perform one or more types of analysis
  • Explain outreach and liaison responsibilities and be able to develop a plan to increase your activities in these areas

Who Should Attend:

This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the topic with no previous experience.


  • Brian Quinn, Coordinator of Collection Development, Texas Tech University
  • Susanne Clement, Director, Quinney Library, College of Natural Resources, Utah
  • Jennifer Arnold, Director of Library Services, Central Piedmont Community College, North Carolina
  • Jeanette Mosey, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Janet Marnatti, Collection Management Director, Bucks County Free Library, Pennsylvania
  • Andrea Wirth, Collection Development and Science Librarian, Oregon State University, Oregon
  • Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager, Kent District Library, Michigan

Registration Fees:  $109 ALCTS Member and  $139 Non-member

For additional details, registration links, and contact information see:

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other questions or comments related to web courses, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

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