Collection Maintenance in the Children’s Department: Shelf Reading, Shifting, and Everything In Between

Competency: Children’s Services

Sub-Category: Collections for Children: Establishes and pursues strategies to stay informed about current and relevant information resources to meet children’s evolving needs

Collection Maintenance is an integral part of collection management, but often falls to the side in the busy world of planning programs and serving children. Keeping materials clean and well ordered, shifting items or collections as needed, and checking that children’s items are properly housed maximizes the impact of your collection on the community. 

 In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:

 ·      Evaluate your collection’s need for ongoing maintenance

·     Create a collection management strategy

·      Tweak housing when needed to meet the special needs of children

 Cleaning, shelf reading, shifting, and checking catalog records can feel like a monumental task or something children’s staff don’t have time to spare. Yet, collection maintenance is critically important for a vibrant, quality collection. This dose of simple, practical guidelines with specific criteria will inspire a fresh take on your collection.