Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management

Monday, 8/3/2015 - Friday, 8/28/2015
Monday, 10/5/2015 - Friday, 10/30/2015
Monday, 11/16/2015 - Friday, 12/11/2015

Description: 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

Format:  Students receive login instructions one week prior to the course start date.  Students have 24/7 access to the course site for the four-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: Tuesday at 2:00 pm CDT
Week Two: Wednesday  at 10:00 am CDT
Week Three: Tuesday at 2:00 pm CDT
Week Four: Monday at 12:00 noon CDT

2015 Sessions

  • Session 1: March 9 – April 3  CLOSED
  • Session 2: April 27 – May 22  CLOSED
  • Session 3: August 3 – August 28 
  • Session 4: October 5 – October 30
  • Session 5: November 16 – December 11

2016 Schedule: Next year's schedule will be announced in December. Add your name to our Web Course Notification List to receive ALCTS web course announcements.

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.

Taking a web course is different than taking a traditional course in a classroom. Read Are You Ready for Online Learning to make sure the web course structure is right for you.


  • Brian Quinn is Coordinator of Collection Development at Texas Tech University.
  • Susanne Clement is Director, Quinney Library, College of Natural Resources (Utah).
  • Jennifer Arnold is Director of Library Services, Central Piedmont (N.C.) Community College.
  • Melissa DeWild is Collection Development Manager at Kent (Mi.) District Library.
  • Ginger Williams is Acquisitions Librarian at Wichita State University Library.



$109 ALCTS members; $139 nonmembers

How to Register

To register, complete the online form or register by mail for the session you would like to attend.

Registration Deadline

Registration for each course is limited to 20 people. For courses that are not sold out, online and fax registration ends at 12 noon CDT on the Monday before the course begins. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by two Mondays prior to the course start date.

Cancelation & Change Policy

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.

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, but there is no final class grade.

The course website will be open for one 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 one week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.


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

This course is one-third of the Collection Management elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP). Collection Management Elective FAQ


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 the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or