LITT: Collection Development

Selecting and purchasing materials for libraries is an art. Share your experiences building and evaluating your library’s collection during LITT: Collection Development chats. Great for academic, school, public, and special libraries.

Our next LITT: Collection Development chat will be held during the last part of January, 2022.

The topic for this chat will be donations – how do donated items fit in with your library’s collection. We will also do a live unboxing of donated materials. Bring a box to look through on camera during the chat!

Notes from Past LITT: Collection Development Chats

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for the LITT: Collection Development “B” Movies chat earlier today. We had a fun discussion about the best worst movies. Here are the highlights:

Thanks to everyone who attended the LITT: Collection Development chat in July. We had a great discussion about how we track usage statistics and use them to inform collection development practices at our libraries. Elaine Sloane from Boise Public Library shared her library’s yearly snapshot spreadsheet, which helps her library track trends over time.

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend the LITT: Collection Development virtual chat earlier this month. We discussed/debated physical vs. streaming media. Our verdict: physical media is not going away, but it is becoming increasingly hard to collect. Some popular shows aren’t available on DVD and, until there is greater access to broadband in rural areas, streaming isn’t an option for all Idahoans. The Ada Community Library shared a unique idea of circulating Roku devices loaded with the Netflix and Disney+ apps. The library pays for the subscription services, which travel with the Roku Device as it circulates. Cool!

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the LITT: Collection Development chat earlier this week. We had a great discussion on how to build collections with equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Here are some of the resources that we shared during the Zoom:

A collection of EDI resources, including information on doing a collection audit (resources near the bottom of the page):

ICfL’s professional development portal for EDI (and more!):

A resource for finding diverse books:

Librarians from around the state shared their strategy for selecting and purchasing eBooks.

Questions or comments about LITT: Collection Development chats? Contact Jennifer.


LITT: Latinx

January 19, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

LITT: IDEA & OverDrive

January 19, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST

LITT: Collection Development – Donations Unboxing

January 20, 10:00 am - 11:00 am MST

LITT: Academic Library Community

January 25, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST

LITT: Early Learning

February 4, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm MST

LITT: Adult Services

February 8, 10:00 am - 11:00 am MST

LITT: Academic Library Community

April 26, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm MDT

LITT: Adult Services

May 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am MDT

Jennifer Redford

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