Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

Monday, 10/28/2019 - Friday, 11/22/2019
Monday, 3/2/2020 - Friday, 3/27/2020
Monday, 4/27/2020 - Friday, 5/22/2020
Monday, 6/22/2020 - Friday, 7/17/2020
Monday, 8/10/2020 - Friday, 9/4/2020
Monday, 10/26/2020 - Friday, 11/20/2020

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

2020 Sessions

  • Session 1: March  2 – March 27
  • Session 2: April 27 - May 22 - SOLD OUT
  • Session 3: June 22 - July 17
  • Session 4: August 10 - September 4
  • Session 5:October 26 - November 20

2019 Session

  • Session 5: October 28 – November 22

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

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.

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  • Brian Quinn is Coordinator of Collection Development at Texas Tech University.
  • Jennifer Arnold is Director of Library Services, Central Piedmont (N.C.) Community College.
  • Alexandria Arnold is Executive Director at the Bernardsville (NJ) Public Library.
  • Alison Armstrong is the Collection Management Librarian at Radford University (VA).
  • Jennifer Matthews is the Collection Strategy Librarian at Rowan University (NJ).
  • Edward Lener is the Associate Director, Collection Management at Virginia Tech.
  • Donna Smith is Assistant Head of Technical Services at Northern Kentucky University.
  • Skye Hardesty is the Head of Collection Development at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA).



$109 ALCTS members; $139 nonmembers

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.

ALCTS Code of Conduct

Please review the ALCTS Statement of Conduct before registering.

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.


Contact Hours - 16 hours

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

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


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