School Library Collection Development: Just the Basics

School Library Collection Development: Just the Basics

School Library Collection Development: Just the Basics

School Library Collection Development: Just the Basics


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.


School libraries are places to read, to explore, and to find information. When kindergarten students first visit a school library, they are told that this is the place where they will learn answers to their questions and that they will learn how to use the library to find those answers. And, as students grow and mature, the school library does indeed become that place for them, but we know that does not just happen. It takes a community, and that community is the library staff. The library staff must be knowledgeable, hardworking, and service oriented. They must possess a certain amount of basic information just to keep the library up and running.

Basic information is important information. It is often critical and in some cases not readily available. Running a school library well requires the assistance of several key individuals (library aides or clerks, volunteers, paraprofessionals, and technicians), in addition to the professional school librarian. Training these assistants to do the tasks required is time-consuming, and often school librarians and district library coordinators have to construct their own training materials as well as do the one-on-one instruction at each library site.

In order to facilitate and help expedite this training, we offer this series of short, concise, and very practical books to aide in the training necessary to prepare assistants to help: organize, equip, and furnish a media center; manage a school library; prepare and circulate materials; and perform many other tasks that are necessary to the smooth operation of a school library today. The Just The Basics series is written by professionally trained and certified building-level school librarians working currently in the field. As we roll out this series, please let us know what you think. Do we need additional topics? Is the series usable in training situations? What comments do you have?

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