Monday, February 10, 2014

School Library Collection Development

Stephens, Claire G., and Patricia Franklin. School Library Collection Development: Just the Basics. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-59884-943-1

Publisher's Description
...This practical manual demystifies the process of creating and maintaining a quality school library collection—an invaluable resource for anyone working in a library media center...[This book] is an accessible, practical manual that explains the fundamentals of purchasing, developing, and managing a collection. Containing information useful to anyone from a paraprofessional working under the guidance of a certified school librarian to a newcomer to the field to a certified media specialist, this book covers all of the basics through best practices. The authors provide much-needed advice on how to add to an existing collection, how to weed books no longer needed, and how to process and inventory that collection. This book is a must-have resource for staff members who are new to school libraries and need an easy-to-read guide to help them quickly learn the job.


 • Provides inexperienced library workers with basic instructions for running a library media center effectively
• Includes numerous ready-to-use forms for day-to-day operations as well as ten lists on procedures and rationale for library procedures
• Supplies straightforward advice in the form of frequently asked questions (and answers)

Sample Topics

Collection Analysis
Collection Development
Digital Media
Ethical Considerations for Staff
Identifying and Understanding your School Community
Selection Policies
Updating your Collection