Fundamentals of Collection Assessment 2022 - Session 1.0

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

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

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.

Format: 

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.

Core Code of Conduct:

Please review the 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, however, there is no final class grade.

The course web site 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.

Credits:

Contact Hours - 24 hours

Core 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.

Contact:

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, please contact tferren@ala.org.