On-Demand Webinar: Reviewing New Visions for Collection Development

Shifting expectations and budget constraints have created an ever-present need to provide collections data and evidence to support purchases or rethink the collections. Open access, inside-out, shared print, and growing electronic/digital collections have changed the way libraries define what the head of collections must do to support the needs of the library. There are several libraries that have crafted position descriptions with job titles like "collection strategist" or "collection analyst" to replace or supplement the head of collections position. This presentation analyzes these strategy-based position descriptions to gain a deeper understanding of how libraries would like to shape their collections in the future.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the types of collection positions that are prevalent within the current academic landscape;
  • Generate a list of skills that are most frequently in demand for collection-related librarian positions and assess how it is shaping collection development practices; and
  • Identify language and wording for what skills and qualifications are valued most for collection-related positions.

Who Should Attend: Library leadership and librarians interested in collection trends, as well as those reconsidering positions at their institution or interested in seeing what others are posting. New graduates may also wish to see what type of skills are targeted.


Anne Larrivee serves as the Collection Strategist and Anthropology/Sociology Librarian at West Chester University Libraries. Before arriving at West Chester she served as Penn Libraries' Collection Analyst/Social Science Librarian and previous to that role she served as Binghamton University Libraries' Faculty Engagement Librarian. She holds two Master's degrees, one in Anthropology from Binghamton University and the other in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Before pursuing her graduate studies she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa focusing on the domain of Community Health. Anne's research interests include communities of practice, the impact of collections on people, and understanding representation within library collections.

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