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Collection Development

A library's collection of materials is never static. New resources arrive continually; formats expand, community needs and tastes change; obsolete materials must be purged. All the decisions regarding selection, deselection and re-ordering should be deliberated, backed by thoughtful and coherent policy.

The learning opportunities listed below are designed to instruct library staff in these essential skills.

Learning Activities

  • Course Code: F15-5-NO

     This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded November 2015.

     Golden is back by popular demand!  In this one hour webinar, Helene will highlight recent trends in Collection Management for public libraries.  The webinar will discuss Automatic Release Plans; the changing and shifting of collections sizes; and the various styles of Romances that are growing in popularity.  If you have questions about selection, reader advisory, weeding or collection maintenance, this webinar is for you!  

  • Course Code: S16-5-RW


    This is a recorded webinar provided by SOLS, free of charge and on demand. It was recorded May 2016.

    Please join SOLS consultants Hélène Golden and Beth Harding for a one-hour session on ways to encourage your patrons to read local! We will show you how to support and promote local authors and locally created resources including self-authored titles, community information, and historical materials.

    Topics will include:
    • Ways to support self-published authors
    • Library programs that promote local authors and content
    • Local content platforms and tools (OverDrive, Self-e, Our Ontario, and more) 

  • Course Code: SD49

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    This course describes the process of collection development in the public library from beginning to end. It begins with a process for assessing your current collection as well as the community’s needs, and goes on to discuss collection development policies, collection planning, selection, and weeding. The course also highlights trends in collection development, including non-traditional collections. The last module of the course focuses on the marketing and promotion of collections in the public library.

  • Course Code: SOLS-ML-3

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    In this online tutorial, students will learn the basic components of a MARC record.  After completing this tutorial, students will be able to: recognize MARC terminology, identify the main components of a MARC records, find a Dewey call number and LC subject heading(s) and select the best record for an item when copy cataloguing.   

    Estimated time to complete this module: 30 minutes