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Monday Means Advocacy: Collection Development June 29, 2014

Posted by Deanna Harris in Advocacy.
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STEM Recyle display

When students and teachers look for print and electronic resources in your school library, are they likely to find what they want?  Does your collection meet the needs of your community?  Is your collection up-to-date? Do you have copies of the latest award-winning books?

Or are patrons disappointed by the selection in your library? Do they complain about the lack of materials and the outdated resources?  Are there no popular titles on display?

Having a strong print and non-print collection that meets the needs of your school community speaks volumes. (Pun intended!) But the only way to do this is to have an appropriate collection development plan with supporting policies in place at your individual school or at the district or state level.

Under the AASL Essential Links: Resources for School Library Program Development, you can find links to resources to support your collection development work.  The bibliography suggests three strong titles by respected colleagues in school librarianship.  The links to collection mapping and collection development and selection policies will help you create a comprehensive plan to get and keep your program on track.

Photograph: Environmental resources display in the library at East Cary Middle School, a STEM school. (D.Harris)



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