Course Objectives

In this unit, you will learn:

  • Definition of collection development
  • Concepts of Intellectual Freedom that inform collection development
  • Outline of the collection development cycle
  • Basic community needs assessment tools

Important Notes:

1) The Certificate of Completion for this course is provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

2) User registration data for all ABLE courses is provided to the Idaho Commission for Libraries so they can track user progress.


This course will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Course Objectives
In this unit, you will learn:

  • Purpose of a collection development policy
  • Elements of a collection development policy
  • How to set collection goals
  • Steps in writing a collection development policy
  • Relationship of your collection development policy and collection development activities

Important Notes:

1) The Certificate of Completion for this course is provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

2) User registration data for all ABLE courses is provided to the Idaho Commission for Libraries so they can track user progress.


This course will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

Course Objectives
In this unit, you will learn:

  • Criteria and processes for selecting materials
  • List and characteristics of several collection development selection tools
  • Tips for managing the acquisitions process

Important Notes:

1) A Certificate of Completion for this course is provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

2) User registration data for all ABLE courses is provided to the Idaho Commission for Libraries so they can track user progress.


This course will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

Course Objectives
In this unit, you will learn:

  • Purpose of performing collection assessment
  • Methods for assessing your collection¬†
  • Process for performing a collection assessment¬†
  • How to use collection assessment information
  • Criteria and a process for weeding the collection
  • Evaluation of the collection development cycle, processes, etc.

Important Notes:

1) A Certificate of Completion for this course is provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

2) User registration data for all ABLE courses is provided to the Idaho Commission for Libraries so they can track user progress.


This course will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Course Objectives
In this unit, you will learn:

  • The importance of making your collection accessible.
  • Tips and techniques for connecting the customer with the collection.
  • The basic elements of a readers' advisory service.

Important Notes:

1) A Certificate of Completion for this course is provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

2) User registration data for all ABLE courses is provided to the Idaho Commission for Libraries so they can track user progress.


This course will take approximately 2 hours to complete.