Collection Management is the process of organizing, maintaining, and preserving a library’s collection of materials. This process includes evaluating the collection for relevancy to the library’s mission, weeding out outdated or irrelevant materials, purchasing new materials, cataloging, and circulation. Collection Management is essential for libraries to remain up-to-date and relevant to their users.
The goals of Collection Management are to ensure that library collections are relevant to the users, that they are accurate and up-to-date, and that they are well-managed. This includes creating policies for selection, weeding, and acquisition of materials, as well as developing circulation systems and cataloging. Collection Management also includes creating budgets for purchasing materials and organizing them in a way that is easy to access and manage. Through Collection Management, libraries can ensure that their collections remain relevant, accurate, and well-managed.