Module Identifier ILM5510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Raymond E Lonsdale  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Ms Mary E Ellis, Ms Susan J Mends  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours 10 lectures x 1hour  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment essay not exceeding 2,500 words  100%

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students should be able to:

Brief description

The Collection Management module adopts a broad definition of the subject field, so that, while devoting time to fundamental areas of collection development, and collection review and evaluation, it also covers topics such as the promotion of collection use, conservation and preservation, and collection issues related to particular formats. Its overriding concern is the management of a collection of library materials (whether in one or a number of formats), and organisation of access to virtual collection in an effective, efficient and economical way, in order to meet the needs of its user community. The module does not limit itself ot any particular type of library, although the emphasis is on academic and public libraries.


The aim of this module, is to enable students to understand the principles, policies, practices and procedures that comprise collection management.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Consultation
Ainley, P. and Totterdell, B. (1982) Alternative arrangement: new approaches to public library stock London: Association of Assistant Librarians
Baker, S. L. (1993) The responsive public library collection: how to develop and market it Littleton, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited
Bryant, B. (ed.) (1989) Guidelines for written collection policy statements Chicago: American Library Association
Clayton, P. and Gorman, G. E. (2000) Managing information resources in libraries London: Library Association Publishing Ltd.
Evans, G. E. (1995) Developing library and information centre collections Littleton, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited
Feather, J. (1996) Preservation and the management of library collections 2nd. London: Library Association Publishing Ltd.
Futas, E. (1995) Collection development policies and prosedures 3rd. Phoenix, Arizona: Oryx press
Gorman, G. E. and Miller, R. H. (eds.) (1997) Collection management for the 21st century: a handbook for librarians Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press
Lee, S. H. (ed) (1999) Collection development in the electronic environment: shifting priorities New York: Haworth Information Press
Houghton, A. G. (1985) Bookstock management in public libraries London: Bingley
Jenkins, C. and Morley, M. (eds.) (1999) Collection management in academic libraries 2nd. Aldershot: Gower
McClellan, A. W. (1978) The logistics of public library bookstock London: Association of Assistant Librarians
Pearce, M. (ed.) (1992) Non-standard collection management Aldershot: Ashgate
(1998) Public Library Stock Management Leeds: NAG
Ratcliffe, F. W. (1984) Preservation policies and conservation in British libraries London: British Library
Spiller, D. (2000) Providing materials for library users 6th. London: Library Association Publishing Ltd
Stephens. A. E. (ed.) (1998) Public library collection development in the information age New York: Haworth Press
Woodward, H. and Morley, M (eds.) (1995) Endangered species? evolving strategies for library collection management Witney: UKSG

Lonsdale, R. and Wheatley, A. (1991) The provision of audiovisual and computer services to young people by British public libraries: collection management and promotion of services International review of children's literature and librarianship, 6(1), pp31-55

Acquisitions Librarian
Collection Building
Newsletter (UK National Acquisitions Group)
Serials Librarian
Serials Review
RQ (Issue on collection management)


This module is at CQFW Level 7