Managing Children's Collections from Acquisition to Weeding

Managing Children's Collections from Acquisition to Weeding eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

ALA Member: 
$ 179.10
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From:  January 14, 2019
To:  February 10, 2019
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
24 Hours
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Managing children’s materials in the library can be a challenge. Books look, feel, and age differently than they do in other collections. Multimedia and AV materials come and go quickly and must stand up to both the scrutiny of parents and handling by kids. The process begins long before physical items have arrived at the library and ends after weeding. In this new four-week eCourse, you’ll work through all the phases of the collection management circle of life—from initial selection to weeding—focusing on customer service and good stewardship of financial resources. Instructor and experienced children’s librarian Jill Burket Ragase covers

  • Best practices for evaluating items of varying formats to add to your library’s collection
  • Tips to efficiently acquire and process new materials, so they reach your patrons as quickly as possible
  • Strategies to maximize the circulation of materials and track circulation in combination with displays, programs, and other collection marketing efforts
  • Implementing the MUSTY method in combination with circulation statistics to improve the deselection process and weed your collection with confidence

After participating in this course, you will

  • Be able to efficiently and effectively evaluate and select reviewed materials across formats to meet the needs of the children in your community
  • Understand how to place customer service at the center of acquisition and processing
  • Maximize the use of your collection use through circulation, programs, and displays
  • Deselect materials with confidence using a combination of item condition and use statistics

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on January 14, 2019. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Jill Burket Ragase will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

  • Week 1: Selection and acquisition

Our overview of selection and acquisition will focus on best practices for evaluation of items to be added to the collection. Resources for a variety of formats will be shared and discussed as well as the varying selection criteria for different formats.

  • Week 2: Acquisition and Processing

We will briefly touch on tips and tricks to move items efficiently through this phase and focus on placing items in the hands of our patrons as quickly as possible. We will cover juvenile collection quagmires such a labeling and cataloging/shelving options for series and formats.

  • Week 3: Circulation

As we move to the circulation phase, we will discuss using your OPAC’s report functions and/or Excel to track circulation in combination with displays, programs, and other collection marketing efforts to maximize this phase of the item’s life.

  • Week 4: Weeding

Finally, we will arrive at deselection with a deep dive into weeding using the MUSTY method in combination with circulation statistics. In this segment, we will also cover right sizing your collection and disposal options for materials as well as how to get your staff on board with the deselection process.

Jill Burket Ragase

Jill Burket Ragase has eagerly shared her passion for collection development and Youth Services as an Independent Library Consultant for five years. She is the former Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, an SLJ 5-star library and winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and their four children.

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