Fundamentals of Collection Assessment

Monday, 3/13/2017 - Friday, 4/21/2017
Monday, 5/15/2017 - Friday, 6/23/2017
Monday, 7/31/2017 - Friday, 9/8/2017
Monday, 10/2/2017 - Friday, 11/10/2017

Description: This six-week online course introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including:

  • The definition of collection assessment
  • Techniques and tools
  • Assessment of print and electronic collections
  • Project design and management.

2017 Schedule: The course is offered several times each year.  You only need to take one session.  Sessions tend to sell out weeks in advance.

  • Session 1:  March 13 – April 21
  • Session 2:  May 15 – June 23
  • Session 3:  July 31 – September 8 
  • Session 4:  October 2 – November 10 

Format:  Students receive login instructions one week prior to the course start date.  Students have 24/7 access to the course site for the six-week period, and aside from assignment and quiz deadlines, the course may be completed at their own pace.  Instructors provide guidance and feedback as students work their way through the course material.  Weekly, instructor-moderated chat sessions are the only live course events that students are asked to attend.

Weekly Chat Schedule:  The following times are tentative and may change according to instructor availability.

Week One: Thursday at 2:00 pm CDT
Week Two: Tuesday at 12:00 noon CDT
Week Three: Wednesday at 3:00 pm CDT
Week Four: Monday at 11:00 am CDT
Week Five: Wednesday at 3:00 pm CDT
Week Six: Thursday at 1:00 pm CDT

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the fundamental aspects of collection assessment
  • Understand the various collection assessment methods and tools, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Design and implement a collection assessment project
  • Perform a collection assessment of print resources
  • Complete a collection assessment of electronic resources

Who Should Attend

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

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Ginger Williams is Acquisitions Librarian at Wichita State University, where she also serves as the selector for law and engineering. Ginger has been involved in collection management at the school and university levels for twenty years. Her current projects include assessing cultural diversity of juvenile collections and assessing a law collection for support of law-related courses across the university. Ginger has found that collection goals and tools may change, but the need for collection assessment doesn’t.

Andrea Wirth is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to working at UNLV, Andrea was a science librarian and a member of the collection management unit at Oregon State University. Her previous collections assessment experience includes new program proposals and existing programs review, maps collection review, and annual and increasingly complex serials review. She also serves as the department’s liaison to other science librarians and to the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, merging CD activities with that of the scholarly communication program. Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Geology and her MLS from the University of North Texas.

Alison M. Armstrong is Collection Management Librarian at Radford University (Va.) She chairs the Collection Development Committee, the Popular Reading Committee and serves as the liaison to Sociology, Women’s Studies and Peace Studies among others. She handles subscription requests and oversees database trials. As the CML, she manages the materials budget. Alison’s assessment experience involves constructing weeding projects in which all liaisons take part. She has a completed a variety of assessment projects working to strengthen the collection, meet users’ needs and ensure the library is fiscally responsible. She also serves on the Women’s Studies Committee and writes books reviews for the local paper. Alison received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in literature with a minor in women’s studies and her MLS from the University of North Texas.

Teresa Negrucci is the Resource Acquisition and Management Librarian at Brown University. Her primary responsibilities include the purchasing and management of e-resources and the assessment of cost and use of both the print and e-collections. Prior to her appointment at Brown, Teresa was the Collections Management and Assessment Librarian at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and Research Associate for the Conservation Collection at the Getty Research Institute Library. Teresa received her Bachelor’s degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archeology from Bryn Mawr College and her MLIS from UCLA.

Miranda Bennett is Head of Liaison Services for Collections and Research Support at the University of Houston Libraries, where she has worked since 2005. In this role, she supports the collections-related work of subject liaison librarians and works closely with colleagues in acquisitions, electronic resources, and other units to ensure that the Libraries' collections align with university priorities and further the teaching and research missions of the University of Houston. She is active in ALA, ALCTS, and the American Theological Library Association and holds an MLS from Indiana University, as well as an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.Head of Liaison Services for Collections & Research SupportHead of Liaison Services for Collections & Research SupportHead of Liaison Services for Collections & Research Support
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$139 ALCTS members; $169 nonmembers

Any requests for cancelation or changes to registration must be received in writing by ALCTS or the ALA registration department (MACS) no later than 7 days prior to the start of the course and are subject to a $40 processing fee.

How to Register


Register online using the online learning registration site.  Courses are listed by session date.  Click on the “register link” located to the right of the session you are interested in.   You will be prompted to login with your ALA member ID or create a guest account, to begin the registration process.

By Mail

Register by mail (purchase order or check) by completing this print registration form. Tip: If you’re unable to open this “register by mail” link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.


For registration related questions, call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 and speak to our customer service representatives.

Tech Requirements

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade.

The course website will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.


Contact Hours - 24 hours

ALCTS defines contact hours in line with the IACET standards on Continuing Education Units.

Average number of hours spent per week on course: 4

Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.



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