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New Collection Management and Development Network and Workshop

Collection Development

Centralize it! Collection Development and Management, all in one place

The selection, acquisition and management of Medina County District Library’s collection is fully centralized. The streamlined, responsive process has earned rave reviews from patrons and staff alike, who feel that the collection is relevant and exciting. With a focus on staff buy-in, clear written guidelines and transparency, the Collection Resources Department strives to anticipate users’ needs and support public service staff.

Chris Weaver-Pieh coordinates periodical and database subscriptions for MCDL, as well as emedia purchasing. She was previously the MCDL Adult Acquisitions Librarian and Electronic Services Librarian at Lakewood Public Library.

Kaitlin Booth selects, purchases, and maintains the teen and children’s collections at MCDL, where she also helps plan and coordinate author events and the annual summer reading program. She has previously worked as a Reference Librarian for MCDL and a Youth Services Librarian at the Stark County District Library.

Holly Kabat selects, purchases and maintains the adult collection at MCDL, where she also helps plan and coordinate author events. She has previously worked for Mentor Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library and as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Lakeland Community College.

Selection: Tools, Communication and Coordination

Libraries often share similar collection goals but acquisitions staff work within very different structural configurations. A library collection that is pertinent and valuable to patrons requires effective use of selection tools, communication among staff and coordination of selection. Selectors face common challenges: “Where do I find upcoming titles my patrons will want? How do I decide how many copies we will need?” This discussion will allow participants to share ideas and learn some new tips.

Learning objectives:
  • Gain tools to use in your selection practices.
  • Understand the different perspectives of various acquisitions structures.
  • Discuss best practices for coordinating collection development.
Carol Tuttle is the Collection Services Librarian for Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. Carol has worked in public libraries for 15 years following a biomedical science career. She has worked as a reference librarian and adult services manager and is enthusiastic about collection development. Carol currently is the central acquisition librarian selecting books, movies, music and audiobooks at the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library system. She holds an MS from Cornell University and MLIS from Kent State University.

Visualizing Circulation Trends Using Tableau Public
Circulation at libraries has greatly diversified over the last several years with the popularity of digital services. It can be a struggle to get all of the data in one place. The presentation will discuss ways to combine and visualize data from multiple sources including vendor sites such as Overdrive and hoopla as well as traditional physical circulation data from ILSs.  Tableau is a powerful tool that allows libraries to look at data holistically to make more informed decisions. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Get familiar with Tableau software
  • Explore pros & cons of using a 3rd party visualization tool
  • Consider best practices for aggregating data
  • Understand the benefits of data visualization
 Melanie Wilson is the Collections & Virtual Services Manager for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. Melanie has worked in public libraries for 5 years.  Shortly after graduating with her MLIS from Kent State University in 2009, she worked for 5 years as a Metadata Specialist at Overdrive.  Melanie enjoys the technology side of libraries whether that is parsing data in Excel spreadsheets or figuring out how to catalog a hotspot. Currently, Melanie oversees the material budgets and technical services department, as well as the libraries digital services and website.

The afternoon will consist of a round table discussion.

Event Date:

Event Time:
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern

Twinsburg Public Library
10050 Ravenna Rd.
Twinsburg, OH 44087

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Contact Person:
Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 3306550531)

Who should attend:  Those working with collection management and development
Competency:  Collection Management

GEO Cost:      $80
Bronze Cost:  $60
Silver Cost:    $40
Gold Cost:     

There is an additional $15 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.

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