Managing Children's Collections from Acquisitions to Weeding

Managing children’s materials in the library can be a challenge. Books look, feel, and age differently than they do in other collections. Multimedia and AV materials come and go quickly and must stand up to both the scrutiny of parents and handling by kids. The process begins long before physical items have arrived at the library and ends after weeding. In this four-week eCourse, you’ll work through all the phases of the collection management circle of life—from initial selection to weeding—focusing on customer service and good stewardship of financial resources. Instructor and experienced children’s librarian Jill Burket Ragase covers:

  • Best practices for evaluating items of varying formats to add to your library’s collection
  • Tips to efficiently acquire and process new materials, so they reach your patrons as quickly as possible
  • Strategies to maximize the circulation of materials and track circulation in combination with displays, programs, and other collection marketing efforts
  • Implementing the MUSTY method in combination with circulation statistics to improve the deselection process and weed your collection with confidence

After participating in this course, you will:

  • Be able to efficiently and effectively evaluate and select reviewed materials across formats to meet the needs of the children in your community
  • Understand how to place customer service at the center of acquisition and processing
  • Maximize the use of your collection use through circulation, programs, and displays
  • Deselect materials with confidence using a combination of item condition and use statistics

Jill Burket Ragase has eagerly shared her passion for collection development and Youth Services as an Independent Library Consultant for five years. She is the former Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, an SLJ 5-star library and winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and their four children.