Collection Development

Date/Location:

October 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 2014, Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin
October 29, 30 and November 3, 4, 5, 2014, Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow

Description: Getting “the right material to the right person at the right time” is the greatest joy and challenge of librarianship. A useful, interesting and varied collection is a librarian’s primary tool, and developing it requires skill, knowledge, experience, intuition and creativity. This five-day workshop is designed for the public librarian with little or no formal training who selects and purchases books and other materials. It is one of the four core workshops required for DOL Certification. We will discuss philosophical issues and present practical aspects of this complex responsibility, including policy making, intellectual freedom, and selecting, ordering, weeding, and maintaining a collection. Attention will be given to all formats, including ebooks, audio books, and online materials. To complete the workshop, each attendee will present a collection project tailored to his or her library. Each day will involve sharing experiences and best practices with fellow attendees.
Type/Credits: Core Class / 25 credits
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