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
- Describe the types of collection positions that are prevalent within the current academic landscape;
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.
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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