Collection Development for a New Century in the School Library Media Center

Collection Development for a New Century in the School Library Media Center

Collection Development for a New Century in the School Library Media Center

Collection Development for a New Century in the School Library Media Center

Synopsis

As the role of the school library media specialist continues to evolve, and dependence on technology increases, collection development for the school library media center becomes increasingly complex. Collection Development for a New Century in the School Library Media Center provides an overview of the issues and problems along with strategies for solutions. A complete list of collection development resources will aid the library school student, new librarian, and experienced librarian alike in building a collection that best meets the needs of their school in the 21st century.

Excerpt

Selecting materials for any collection requires structure and order. Professional standards and guidelines such as those formulated by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) provide structure and order by explaining in detail what is expected of and wanted from school library media specialists. Standards and guidelines generally have no legal authority, but they do provide strong motivation for the library media specialist to act in an ordered and professional way in developing a collection. They are also useful for explaining to outside parties such as administrators and parents the value of a school library media collection in the overall educational process.

BUILDING COLLECTIONS WITHIN A BUREAUCRATIC STRUCTURE

Librarians select materials for a collection within an organizational and bureaucratic framework, not in a vacuum. At the local level, this bureaucratic structure directs selection and collection development processes. As in any bureaucratic organization, this structure can exert a positive or negative influence. It is useful to take a brief look at the nature of modern bureaucracy to see how it influences building library collections and selecting and weeding materials.

As industry developed during the nineteenth century, bureaucracy

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