INF 384D - Collection Management
Philosophical and social context, objectives and methodology of evaluating and selecting library materials.
This course combines the best practices of modern collection management with the sociological context in which those practices are embedded. Managing a collection requires, among other responsibilities, establishing institutionally coordinated objectives, ongoing collection evaluation, responsive selection practices, inter-departmental coordination, phased de-selection, and monitoring continual format developments. All course assignments consist of concrete application of collection management professional practice. While the three primary forms of institutional collections (public, academic, and school libraries) take course focus, many of the assignments can focus on more specific settings such as art museums and business collections.