Monday, March 30, 2015

The Collection's at the Core

Mardis, M. A. (2014). The Collection's at the Core: Revitalize Your Library with Innovative Resources for the Common Core and STEM. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-504-6

Publisher's Description
Curricula that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas of study aren't just important for furthering competency and careers in these fields; STEM helps ensure that future generations include inventive and critical thinkers. Digital resources offer a current, exciting direction to involve school librarians with their STEM teachers. With its specific focus on open digital multimedia learning resources, this book will enable school librarians to take advantage of this opportunity and evaluate, build, and maintain their STEM collections.

The book comprises three sections: an overview of policy initiatives; a thorough exploration of STEM education policy, digital materials, and collection considerations; and detailed explanations of strategies for collection development and promotion. You'll learn how to perform a collection analysis to determine the age and extent of your STEM collections and make priorities for enriching them with appropriate digital multimedia resources as well as how to classify resources using Dewey and Sears and with regard to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Authored by a former school administrator and school librarian with 15 years' experience working on K–12 STEM initiatives
  • Enables school librarians to understand the nature and importance of STEM as well as the value of including high-quality, free STEM digital multimedia in library collections
  • Presents effective strategies for promoting collections to ultimate beneficiaries including learners, educators, parents, community members, and, importantly, other school librarians
  • Gives school librarians specific criteria and sources with which to build STEM collections that meet national standards for science, health, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as to select resources that cross curriculum areas

Table of Contents 
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: STEM Is Important to Librarians
Chapter 3: The Common Standards Movement Is Important for School Librarians
Chapter 4: Curation Part 1: Selecting and Describing STEM Digital Resources
Chapter 5: Curation Part 2: Managing and Promoting Your STEM OER Collection
Chapter 6: Summary and Conclusions: An Open Letter to School Librarians and Science Educators
Appendix A: Starting Points for Locating Vetted K-12 STEM OER
Appendix B: K-12 STEM OER Collections with Downloadable Records Available through NSDL
Appendix C: K-12 STEM OER Video Collections