Collection Management for Today’s School Library

In school libraries, our collection must satisfy several stakeholder groups. Your collection impacts faculty, parents, your community, and of course, your students. 

In this webinar, you will learn the basics of how your community uses your collection and how you can assess it to ensure it is as effective as possible. You will learn how to develop a diverse collection that stays on top of current trends and includes materials that will be in high demand among your students. You’ll also gain ideas for making your collection accessible and inviting to your school community. You will walk away with strategies for managing your collection budget and for funding the purchase of new materials.

This event is offered as part of ALA Learning's Summer of School Library Learning.

After participating in this webinar, learners will be able to:

  • Assess the school library collection and how it is used by the school community.
  • Begin developing a diverse, dynamic, and in-demand collection. 
  • Manage the library’s collection budget and locate alternative funding sources.
  • Present the library’s collection in an accessible and inviting manner.

Kelly Burns Davis, MLIS, MEd, & BS, is the LRC Director at Cossitt Elementary School since 2005. Kelly is proud to have turned Cossitt’s LRC into an active hub of learning! In addition to her weekly teaching responsibilities, she is responsible for the daily operations of Cossitt’s library. Kelly is continuously looking for ways to bring a diverse collection of topics, characters, and authors into the library’s collection so that it appeals to the various readers’ interests and meets the needs of the school’s curriculum. She also prides herself on keeping the library’s physical and online collection and presence fresh, appealing, and accessible to her readers.

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, contact us at or at 312-280-5100.