Collection Development Crash Course

If you’re new to collection development, it can be intimidating. Responsibility for a library collection has many facets, from assessing the needs of your community to staying current. We’ve assembled a team of four collection development experts for this crash course webinar series, and they’ll take you through everything you need to get started.

This four-part event includes the following sessions (all sessions also available for individual purchase):

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Have a stronger understanding of how to get started with nonfiction collection development
  • Be equipped to stay up to date with nonfiction trends that can help you to keep a collection current
  • Gain the confidence to purchase books in subjects outside of your usual reading interests
  • Understand the foundational reasons for diversifying your collection and be able to reliably discover diverse materials 
  • Understand strategies for recommending works either actively or passively that go beyond your lived experience or the perceived lived experience of your community 
  • Recognize the importance of the book atmosphere and how libraries, publishers, reviewers, vendors, authors, bookstores and the public all work together
  • Understand the fundamentals of curating and maintaining collections for youth and teens
  • Have a list of resources to consult, including where to find reviews and other collection support tools.
  • Feel empowered to advocate for materials for youth and teens
  • Be able to articulate to internal and external stakeholders why weeding is as important as selection as part of a robust collection development plan
  • Be able to revitalize collections, increase circulation, enhance visibility of diverse materials, and highlight materials relevant to your communities with confidence
  • Be able to implement logical, rigorous weeding doctrines which will free areas for new collections, promote patron driven collection policies, and create additional space.

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.

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