The process of completing this assessment task has enabled me to develop understanding of the issues involved in planning and managing a model library collection. As a newly appointed high school librarian, I am acquiring the skills and knowledge required to develop, manage and evaluate the library collection in order for it to reach its full potential. And, by employing the processes presented in this subject, the benefits for the students will be access to relevant and current resources, a pleasant environment to gather and share information, and a place where opportunities for learning and understanding are diverse and plentiful. This is supported by the requirements of the Library Policy – Schools (Department of Education and Training New South Wales [DETNSW], 2005) where it sets out the requirements for school libraries and responsibilities of school principals, teacher librarians and other school staff in relation to programs of the school library. (DETNSW, 2005).
With an already operating and established library collection of between eight and ten thousand books, Hughes-Hassell and Mancall (2005) offer support on identifying current strengths and weaknesses in the collection and how to apply selection criteria. The process of collection evaluation is presented in detail by Bishop (2007) and gives courage to embark on the process. In reflection on the blog post – Trends affecting libraries (Kay, 2015) – I now have understanding of how evaluate, and take on, the process of weeding, as outlined by National Library of New Zealand (n.d.), and Miller (2011) Weeding not just for gardens, by incorporating community planned evaluation. To select replacement books I have learnt about wide range of selection aids available and particularly liked Selection tools for librarians (n.d.).
Planning for the model collection has extended my knowledge on legal end ethical matters involved in the nature of collections. Smartcopying (n.d.) brings information for all staff, and simplifies the process of understanding copyright issues. It is the role of the librarian to promote understanding of copyright. Morrisey (2008) brings awareness of the ethics involved in collection development and proposes that ultimately it is up to the individual to chose ethically sound options. Johnson (2011) highlights aspects of censorship by omission for consideration.
In looking to the future I have considered the possibility of a school library offering an online environment with students being able to access resources and learning tools remotely and share information and understanding online with a global audience. With further development of the school library enquiry service offered through the student portal, uptake of personal devices, and the implementation of Oliver across all NSW schools, the opportunity is presented to develop the library’s digital connection with the entire learning community.
This task has given me the understanding of what is required to develop a strategic approach towards collection management. Planning to work collaboratively with the school community will result in developing and maintaining a collection that is relevant, accommodates specific teaching and learning needs, and is evaluated towards ongoing development of resources leading to a balanced and innovative collection. By taking a strategic approach towards collection development, the school library can meet the needs of the student learner now and into the rapidly expanding digital future
Bishop, K. (2007) Evaluation of the collection. In The collection program in schools: concepts, practices and information sources. (4th ed.) (pp. 19-24). Westport, Conn,: Libraries Unlimited.
Johnson, D. (2011). Censorship by omission. Library Media Connection, January/February 2010. Retrieved from http://doug-johnson.com/dougwri/censorship-by-omission.html
Kay, G (March,2015) Trends affecting libraries. [Blog post] Retrieved from https://interact2.csu.edu.au/webapps/discussionboard/do/message?action=list_messages&forum_id=_16542_1&nav=discussion_board_entry&conf_id=_6710_1&course_id=_6072_1&message_id=_43884_1#msg__43884_1Id
Miller, D. (2011) Weeding not just for gardens. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/debmille/weeding-not-just-for-gardens
Morrisey, L. J. (2008) Ethical issues in collection development. Journal of Library Administration, 47:3-4. pp. 163-171. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10/1080/0193082802186506
National Library of New Zealand Services to Schools (2012). Collections 5: Weeding Guide. Retrieved from http://www.schools.natlib.govt.nz/school-libraries/building-and-managing-collection/weeding-guide
Selection tools for librarians. (n.d.) Resources for school librarians. Retrieved from http://sldirectory.com/libfs/resf/selection.html
Smartcopying (n.d.) The official guide to copyright issues for australian schools and tafe. Retrieved from http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/