Brief description of the course
The conception of collections, their characteristics and functions. Collection management policies in various information institutsions, thereby in libraries. Planning of collection development. Thematic and typological division of library documents. Electronic and digital resources. Free copyright law. Collection management in the automated library system INNOPAC. Co-operation of Estonian libraries in the field of collection development. Budget and planning.The sources and methods for collections’ acquisition. Pre-cataloguing and standard numbers. The administration of collection (registration, processing, allocation). Special collections. The statistics and evaluation of collections. Disassembling. Inventarisation. Storage and preservation. Preservation programme and safety plan. Digital preservation of Estonian cultural heritage.
Self-directed study is comprised of compulsory reading, group and practical home-tasks.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
Knows the theoretical principles of collection management;
Knows and is able to use collection management terminology;
Skills for using different methods and resources for the purchase of information resources;
Knows theoretical principles of collection organization and preservation;
Is able to mange information on collection management and preservation in the automated library system.