Library Collection Development Procedures
The school library media program is an integral part of the school. As part of the instructional processes, the collection is developed based upon the belief that all students, faculty, administrators, and support faculty should have open access to all forms of information relevant to learning and teaching the curriculum. To ensure access to quality library media collections, a systematic process for the evaluation and development of library media materials is essential.
The development of the collection is the ongoing process of identifying strengths and weaknesses of library media collections in terms of student and faculty needs. Collection development demonstrates that funds are being spent wisely, and that library media collections meet the informational needs of the curriculum as well as independent reading and viewing needs of students. The three components involved in the collection development process are:
Analysis of the School Community
In order to be responsive to the unique needs of each school, a collection development process must be based upon an analysis of student needs at that particular school. There will be some similarities among library media collections across the district, but the profile provided by this analysis will ensure that the specific needs of each school are addressed. Click Here to view the Illinois Interactive School Report Cards for the schools in the District. These resources are also located at the bottom of the page in the Documentation section of this webpage.
Assessment of the Library Media Collection
Collection assessment is needed to determine the quality of the existing library media collection. It is an organized method for collecting statistics on the age of the collection, the number of titles in the collection, and the ability of the collection to meet curricular needs. Click Here to view the Titlewise Analyses for the libraries in the District. These resources are also located at the bottom of the page in the Documentation section of this webpage.
Objective and Scope of the Library Learning Center Collection
Through cooperative effort by the classroom faculty, the library media specialists, and library learning center assistants, the library learning center (LLC) provides learning experiences that are an extension of the regular classroom curriculum. Activities are specifically designed to reinforce basic skills, remediate specific needs, and provide enrichment, in a flexible and individualized learning environment. The LLC seeks to provide materials for student interest and enjoyment and promote the appreciation of reading and literature.
Collection Development Procedure Components
- Mission Statements
- The objective of the selection policy is to increase the school community’s awareness of the many considerations one must apply when making decisions about information resources available to students and faculty. The rapid production of knowledge as characteristic of the "Information Age" brings with it many challenges. With the selection policy as a guide, library media specialists are able to evaluate new materials and make wise decisions when making selections for the library learning centers.
A major selection emphasis should be to provide materials which meet curricular needs. To assess these needs, knowledge of the district curriculum and access to the curriculum guides is important. It is recommended that a copy of each curriculum guide be housed in the library learning center. The library media specialist needs to be familiar with changes and additions to the curriculum and how they affect collection development. It should be noted that the collection of books that this policy addresses does not include sets of books for classroom use or specific leveled guided reading materials.
Click on the word Selection above for specific Selection Procedures components.
- District 105 prides itself on being responsive to the surrounding community needs and patron concerns. On the rare occasions where there is a concern or objection to material within the LLC collection, a procedure is in place to handle patron complaints. Although we strive to resolve challenges to the satisfaction of the community member, it is ultimately our policies, the District 105 Reconsideration Committee, and the School Board that make final decisions about the library learning center’s collection.
Click on the word Reconsiderations above for specific components of the Reconsiderations Process.
- Collection Development Procedures Document
- Here you will find the PDF of the District 105 Collection Development Procedures document.
- Illinois Interactive Report Cards
- Here you will find the Illinois Interactive Report Cards for each school in the District. The Illinois Interactive Report Card gives a detailed view of the student and staff populations as well as information on academic progress.
- Job Descriptions
- Here you will find the job descriptions for the positions of Library Media Specialist and Library Assistant.
- Reconsideration Forms
- Here you will find the forms referenced in the Reconsiderations section of the Collection Development Procedures.
- Titlewise Collection Analyses
- The Titlewise Collection Analysis tool is provided by Follett and provides useful information about the collections in our libraries. Here you will find the Titlewise Collection Analysis for each school in the District.
Librarians in the District
Email: email@example.com Hodgkins Elementary School Library Media Specialist
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ideal Elementary School Library Media Specialist
Email: email@example.com Spring Avenue Elementary School Library Media Specialist
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Seventh Avenue Elementary School Library Media Specialist
Email: email@example.com Gurrie Middle School Library Media Specialist