The selection process is a complicated one which requires participation by the library media specialist, teachers, and students. The Library Media Specialist is ultimately charged with deciding what will or will not be added to our collection. First consideration is given to the needs of our school community based on knowledge of curriculum, teacher philosophies, and the existing collection.
Materials are considered for selection if they:
Selection is an ongoing process which also includes the removal of titles deemed irreparable or no longer useful (known as "weeding") as well as the replacement of lost or worn titles which still meet collection or curriculum needs. When funds are available, I make purchases based on a carefully laid out procedure.
1. Collection and curriculum needs are evaluated first.
2. Reputable, professionally-prepared selection aids & vendors are consulted. Choices include, but are not limited to:
State Department of Education bibliographies
Core Media Collection guides
Bound-to-Stay Bound: www.btsb.com
Reviews in professional journals such as:
Catholic Library Journal
School Library Journal
American School Library Assoc.
Curriculum and textbook guides
Accelerated Reader lists
State, County, and Local Technology Plans
Recommendations from within the school community
Personal evaluation based on our selection principles
3. Multiple items of outstanding and much-in-demand materials are purchased as needed (when funds allow).
4. Attempts are made to support local vendors as much as possible.
Donated books are welcome and appreciated. They are subjected to the selection criteria listed above and any donations not added to the collection will be set aside for our school's donation to local literacy non-profits.