The purpose of collection development is to identify, evaluate, select, organize and maintain high-quality information resources, in a wide variety of formats, to meet the needs of our diverse communities for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, intellectual stimulation and recreation in support of the missions of our libraries. Libraries strive to create a body of readers, where all citizens are literate, techno-literate, productive and contribute to and enjoy a high quality of life.
The following resources are available to help libraries with planning strategies for funding, selecting, evaluating, preserving and sharing an outstanding collection.
- Wisconsin Public Library Standards – See Section 6: Collections
- Digital Collections - Downloadable media collections including ebooks, audiobooks, films and more.
- Collection Development Policies - see Materials Selection, Collection Development
- Collaborative Collection Development - A guide to facilitating collaborative initiatives (available through American Library Association)
- Wisconsin Valley Library System Collaborative Collection Development Plan
- Resources available through the Merlin Catalog
Wisconsin Library Legislation and Funding, Law, Standards, Policies and Planning are resources and links to information on library legislation and funding issues, including the state budget. This page also includes library law, standards, polices and planning.
Calculating Reimbursements - NWLS provides a procedures and a spreadsheet for calculating Act 150 and Act 420 reimbursements.
Grants help libraries provide valuable resources to support the changing needs in their communities. The library grants blog lists many wonderful grant opportunities for libraries. Some of the more common grant providers include:
Better World Books LEAP - Better World Books is providing grant opportunities to libraries to significantly impact local literacy efforts.
IMLS - The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development for libraries and museums across the country.
Kresge Foundation - Grant programs are designed to support an organization’s immediate capital needs and to build its capacity to raise private support for the future.
Libri Foundation - The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. The Foundation awards grants twice a year.
LSTA - The Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) consists of a state grants program with funds distributed to states on a formula basis, and programs administered directly from the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
NEH - The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Small Grants to Libraries program brings traveling exhibitions and other types of humanities public programming to libraries across the country.
USDA Rural Development - Financial programs supporting library development fees (land, plans, construction, remodeling, legal, etc.) equipment, and furniture. Program assistance is provided in many ways, including direct or guaranteed loans, grants, technical assistance, research and educational materials.
Wisconsin Public Library Policy Resources links to a sample policy manual for small libraries and the policies of more than 20 public libraries across Wisconsin as well as other useful information.
The Wisconsin Public Library Standards are a helpful tool provided by the Department of Public Instruction for planning and evaluating library services including governance and administration (Chapter 3), staffing (Chapter 4), collection and resources (Chapter 5), services (Chapter 6), and access and facilities (Chapter 7).
Library Policy Documents for Effective Library Operations - A webinar covering why libraries need policies, what makes a good (and legal) library policy, and the difference between policies, procedures, and bylaws.