Floating Collections: Building on Your Patrons' Horizons

An ALCTS Webcast.

What are the benefits of a floating collection? What is involvedĀ and the what is the impact on the role of Reader's Advisor and patron expectations. This session covers the answers to these questions and lays out the steps involved in starting a floating collection. The many variables that need to be considered, how to sell this new collection concept to both staff and the public, and all the excitement floating collections generate will also be discussed.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with responsibilities for collection development will find this session of interest.

Course Level & Prerequisites



Dawn Peters has been with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library for 27 years. Currently she is the Library Director for the Orchard Park Public Library. Previously she managed the Support Services Department of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library which included the Acquisitions, Catalog and Processing Departments. She was also directly involved with the Library system's migration to a new Integrated Library System.

Date & Time

Available 24/7. Originally presented Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Session last about an hour.





Technical Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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recording (.wmv)

presentation slides (.ppt)

Q & A (.doc)


For questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or jreese@ala.org.