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School Library System: Collection Development

Maintaining the library's collection is a vital aspect of any library media specialist's work, and is comprised of a complex collection of activities that are dependent upon each other.

Although you can find all kinds of representations of what the process looks like, the image above simplifies it into five major categories which are each complex areas in and of themselves.


Collection Development in our AASL Standards

Shared Foundation IV: Curate

A. Think: The school library provides problem-based learning experiences and environments by:

2. Adopting a dynamic collection-development plan to ensure that adequate resources reflect current and in-depth knowledge.


B. Create: The school library promotes selection of appropriate resources and tools for information use by: 

3. Employing a dynamic collection policy that includes selection and retention criteria for all materials within the collection.