Collection Management in Libraries

Course code LIS506

The course will enable you to understand the development of, management of and access to collections which are essential to the operation of libraries and information centres, and to apply this understanding in specific types of libraries, to specific collections, and for specific purposes.

Collections are both physical and digital, and include digital and digitised resources, physical resources in a wide variety of formats, and published and unpublished resources.

Each collection is developed differently depending on the type and purpose of a library or information centre, the needs of its users, available budget, participation in consortia, etc.

Collections are managed to meet immediate information needs and longer-term cultural and heritage needs of a country and region.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 24 Jun 2018 to start 2 Jul 2018
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Trimester 2 2018 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,840 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

What you need to know about this course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Discuss the range and context of collections including types, formats, their value and governance.
  • Compare and evaluate the processes used in building and developing different types of library collections including selection and acquisition procedures for physical and digital formats.
  • Explain the management of collections including collection assessment, funding, policies, standards, legislation, bibliographic control, cultural and other factors, such as storage, conservation and organisation.
  • Discuss access to collections including circulating and non-circulating collections, electronic access, e-licensing (books and journals), and taking into account cultural, heritage and other contexts.


100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.