For immediate release | September 27, 2011

New Web course from ALCTS on collection assessment

Chicago - Beginning Oct. 31, 2011, a new "Fundamentals" Web course will debut from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). "Fundamentals of Collection Assessment" is a six-week online course which 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; and
  • project design and management.

At the end of this course, participants 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; and
  • complete a collection assessment of electronic resources.

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.

To learn more about the course please visit the course Web page at Collection Assessment. Registration is open, but this first offering will be limited to 15 attendees.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.


Charles Wilt