Workflow | September 18, 2017
Your school library's collection development strategy will help you identify the right resources to support student learning and classroom instruction.
As you prepare your library for the new school year, it’s a good time to review your collection development policy around digital resources. How well does your school library collection meet the needs of your users? Consider your students, teachers, support staff, administrators and parents.
According to the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, “School librarians cooperate with other individuals in building collections of resources that meet the needs as well as the developmental and maturity levels of students. These collections provide resources that support the mission of the school district and are consistent with its philosophy, goals and objectives. Resources in school library collections are an integral component of the curriculum and represent diverse points of view on both current and historical issues. These resources include materials that support the intellectual growth, personal development, individual interests, and recreational needs of students.”
Begin by identifying your library’s strengths and weaknesses. Which collections are most important to students? To teachers? To administrators? Which topics are well-covered? Which are not? Consider keeping the following:
Remove from your collection any books or digital resources that are outdated, not being used, no longer support your school’s curriculum, or fail to meet the recreational interests of your users. A review of your library’s circulation statistics will help with your evaluation. Here are a few criteria to consider in developing your weeding policy for fiction and nonfiction:
Be sure to schedule weeding activities for when you are least likely to be interrupted.
When adding new content to your library, keep an eye towards your school’s curriculum guidelines and AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Consider materials that…
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