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TOPIC: From Implementation to Assessment


  • Appreciate the broader context in which collection management takes place, and how intellectual freedom challenges, the global economy, the nature of parent organizations, publishing trends, etc. impact collection practices and policies
  • Analyze options and apply criteria to the acquisition, selection, de-selection, and maintenance of print, special format and electronic collections
  • Describe and analyze key issues relevant to collections management including discovery, access, preservation, and use
  • Assess library collections using a variety of collection- and user-centred techniques


  • Matthews, J.R. (2005). Strategic planning and management for library managers. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
    Z678.M38 2005
  • Textbook
  • Slide deck for Unit 10 (PDF)



  • Read Chapter 8: Collection Analysis, Accountability, and Demonstrating Value
  • Brennan, D. (2015).  Collection assessment and the library liaison program: A practical focus.  Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, 3:1
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/palrap.2015.88
  • Albitz, B., Zabel, D., & Avery, C. (2014). Rethinking collection development and management. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
    Z687.R48 2014
  • Saunders, L. (2015). Academic libraries' strategic plans: top trends and under-recognized areas. The Journal of Academic Librarianship41(3), 285-291.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2015.03.011


  • Focusing Activity with funny cartoon about the agony of weeding.


  • Lecture = De-Selection and Weeding
  • Lecture = More on writing policies
  • Lecture = More considerations on selecting for your collection
  • Lecture = Analyses and Accountability


  • Learning Consolidation
    Activity: Snowstorm
    1. Each student writes on a piece of paper what they learned today and wads it up into a snowball. 
    2. We move together into one group circle. 3. With a signal, we throw our paper snowballs into the air and keep doing so until it seems appropriately mixed up.
    4. Then, each student picks up a nearby response and we each take turns reading the snowball aloud.
    From this, we will know how learning went today and send any follow-up emails afterwards to clarify things.