Collection management

Collection management is a key area of library services.

Public Library Services provides state-wide consultancy and advice on collection management to library staff and local government.

You can join an e-mail list to discuss collection management.

Stock quality health check

The Stock Quality Health Check (SQHC) is a practical tool which enables public libraries to undertake an assessment of the relevance, depth and range of collection stock in relation to the communities they serve.

"Opening the Book" created the methodology for the stock quality Health Check for libraries in the UK. With the help of NSW public library staff this model has been adapted to meet the needs of NSW public libraries.  The list has been redone in 2017 with public library collections and readers' advisory staff, and is available for use,  Office spreadsheet icon 2017 adult fiction stock quality health check.   

The results worksheet template can be used in conjunction with the health check tools. The worksheet provides some prompts for discussion and a template for documenting any action your library would like to undertake.

It is possible to see the state wide overview of the results, and to read more about these results

Results overview
File Statewide collated results for the 2011 and 2012 Stock quality health checks

 (Word 97KB) are available.

Please contact Ellen Forsyth for more information about this update.

Acquisitions outsourcing

In February 2009 the NSW Public Library Network Research Committee commenced a project which analysed the costs and benefits of outsourcing acquisitions, cataloguing and processing in a variety of contexts relevant to the NSW public library network. 

The report,  PDF icon A Benefit Cost Analysis: Outsourcing of Acquisitions, Cataloguing and Processing in NSW public librariesprovides an evidence based framework and a practical tool which will assist public libraries and local councils to make informed choices about the most effective use of available resources.

As part of this project an assessment tool was also designed to help libraries identify where individual libraries sit in the evaluation framework and what level of benefits may be achieved by outsourcing

File Evaluation Tool - Outsourcing of Acquisitions, Cataloguing and Processing

 (Excel 115KB) 2010 Prepared by Macroplan Australia Pty Ltd

Analysis of public library funding for collections

In late 2008 the State Library of NSW and Public Library Network Research Program, commissioned the ABS to undertake research on the impact of NSW public library funding for collections over the last 10 years on the capacity of libraries to develop and maintain collections which meet the standards for collections set out in Living Learning Libraries: standards and guidelines for NSW public libraries.

The final report is Analysis of Public Library Funding for Collections.