Collection Development Webinars This Spring & Fall

Take an hour or two to learn about improving your library's collection, weeding materials, making the most of your book budget by choosing wisely, and letting others know how great your collection is by attending any or all of the webinars in this 5-part Collection Development webinar series.

Register for one, all five, or anything in between!  You can attend these webinars from your library, home, or on the go. If you aren't available to participate in a live webinar, each session will be archived and available for viewing afterwards.

Making a Collection Count
April 19, 10 - 11 am
We will discuss collection development policies that balance popular with well-rounded content, reflect diversity and inclusion, and provide methods for dealing with (and avoiding) challenges. This session talks about how to measure a collection's quality. This includes the benefits and methods of taking a physical inventory, analyzing collection procedures and workflows, and the life cycle of a collection. Our holistic approach to collection management will help all types and sizes of libraries to keep pace with the demands and expectations of their communities. 
Presenters: Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly
Continuing education contact hours: 1
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Adult Selection Tools
May 12, 1 - 2 pm
Learn some tips and tools for keeping on top of selection, including a focus on nonfiction, non-traditional resources, and how to make things work in a small library. 
Presenters: Sarah Statz Cords, Michael Nitz, and Elizabeth Timmins
Continuing education contact hours: 1
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Tips for Building a Well-Rounded Collection for Youth
September 7, 1 -2 pm
How do you keep on top of the avalanche of materials being produced for kids and teens? How can you make sure you are finding the best materials for your collection and your community? Collection budgets are rarely as big as we want them to be, so how can you make the best use of resources? And what about the salespeople? Join Shelly and Sue for a lively discussion of the tips and tools they recommend. 
Presenters: Sue Abrahamson and Shelly Collins Fuerbringer
Continuing education contact hours: 1
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Data-Informed Collection Development
October 26, 10 - 11 am
Do you like language and stories far more than numbers and statistics? Do your feel like data is dull and uninspiring? Get ready to change your thinking and begin uncovering the clues that data can reveal for you! Join us for an exploration of Data-Informed Collection Development. (It is so much more exciting than it sounds…) It’s NOT about fancy data collection tools, it IS about using the basic data you have access to help you make informed decisions when developing and maintaining your collection. It’s about interpreting your data, rather than just blindly following the numbers. It’s about discovering correlations and connections that drive planning and decision-making.
Presenter: Shanneon Grant
Continuing education contact hours: 1
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Promoting Your Collection:  Merchandising and More
November 3, 10 – 11:30 am
Collections are the mainstays of libraries. After spending lots of money and time curating, processing, and making them available, you may think the work is done. But there’s one more vital step — promoting them! This final webinar of our series will help you go beyond basic book displays and posters. You’ll hear about using book talks and shelf-talkers, and will learn ways to publicize your collections outside of your buildings. This webinar will focus most on merchandising — what it really is, and how to do it effectively enough to boost your circulation. It will feature many colorful photos of great signage and merchandising from libraries around the world to get your creative ideas flowing. 
Presenter: Kathy Dempsey
Continuing education contact hours: 1.5
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This webinar series is sponsored by Indianhead Federated Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, Northern Waters Library Service, Outagamie Waupaca Library System, South Central Library System, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Winding Rivers Library System, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, and Winnefox Library System.

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