INSTG006 Collection Management and Preservation

This course considers the processes of collection development including selection and acquisition principles and methods; retention, preservation and security policies; storage policies and planning; use and users; access to and promotion of collections; service provision; information literacy; evaluation and retention of collections; preservation strategies and conservation options. Issues relating to acquisition, access and preservation of electronic material and special issues relating to serials, interlibrary loan and document supply, financial issues, co-operation and resource sharing will be discussed.

Students taking this core module will examine in detail the key issues around collection management as “the process of planning, delivering, maintaining and evaluating a programme of stock acquisition and management which meets current objectives and builds a coherent and reliable collection to allow for future development of the service”. (CILIP PKSB 2012:26) 

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • appreciate the importance of an agreed collection management policy and understand how to develop and follow such a policy; 
  • have knowledge and understanding of a range of budgeting techniques relating to collections; 
  • understand the value of engagement with users and other stakeholders in terms of managing and making collections accessible; 
  • identify various types of resources and appreciate the differences between their management; 
  • appreciate the impact of digital content including repositories, serials and e-books; 
  • have an understanding of the importance of successfully marketing a collection; 
  • have an awareness of the processes around disaster and change management and preservation. 


Assessment: Assessment by coursework only
Compulsory for:
MA Library and Information Studies
Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this module
Taught by: Dr Charles Inskip
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