Schools Collection collecting plan

Find out about collecting and priorities for the Schools Collection.

Purpose

The purpose of this collecting plan is to describe the extent of collecting including priorities, to be undertaken for the Services to Schools collection.

The purpose of the Services to Schools Collection is to support the development of young New Zealanders as engaged readers and learners by providing resources that support literacy and learning in New Zealand schools.

The Services to Schools collecting plan is informed by:

  • National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003
  • the National Library’s Te Huri Mōhiotanga Hei Uara- Ngā Tohutohu Rautaki Ki 2030 Turning Knowledge into Value- Strategic Directions to 2030 by supporting the following outcomes:
    • Reading — New Zealanders will have the literacy skills to achieve social, educational and employment success and be inspired to create new knowledge.
    • Knowledge — New Zealanders will easily access, share and use New Zealand’s knowledge resources to innovate and create new knowledge.
  • Services to Schools Vision and Strategic Priorities

Scope of the collection

The Services to Schools Collection provides resources for registered New Zealand primary, composite, secondary schools, and home educators. Resources are also provided to support young people through identified programmes and partnerships. The Services to Schools Collection will be developed by acquiring high quality, high-interest fiction and non-fiction to encourage reading engagement and to support the teaching and learning for young people.

The collection represents one of the largest specialised holdings in the Southern Hemisphere of children and young adult books supporting literacy and learning. It comprises over 500,000 fiction and non-fiction print books. Multiple copies are held of most titles to support demand. EBooks and eAudiobooks are also provided on a prioritised programme basis. Alternative formats of New Zealand resources are collected when appropriate.

Exclusions

Specifically excluded from the Schools Collection acquisition scope are curriculum textbooks, teacher-based classroom learning support material and activity books and DVDs. Also excluded from this plan are other National Library collections that schools can borrow from.

Collecting principles

The National Library of New Zealand Collections Policy provides a suite of principles that guide all collecting across the published and unpublished collections by the National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library.

National Library of New Zealand Collections Policy

The relevant principles are provided below, with an explanation of how they will be implemented for the Services to Schools Collection.

Principle 6

In building its collections the National Library will be mindful of the cost of acquiring, storing and managing collection items.

Action

Resources from the Services to Schools collection will be withdrawn when no longer appropriate in terms of content, use or physical deterioration, in accordance with the Services to Schools Disposals Policy.

Principle 9

The Schools Collection supports the development of young New Zealanders as engaged readers and digitally literate learners by providing resources that support literacy and learning in New Zealand schools.

Action

Selection of resources for the Services to Schools Collection will focus on internationally and nationally published fiction and non-fiction resources to support the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, reading for pleasure, literacy, and wellbeing.

Principle 10

The Schools Collection informs and complements the creation of online curriculum related resources.

Action

Increased development of online resources will supplement the Schools Collection by providing content appropriate to the needs of New Zealand primary and secondary schools to support the New Zealand Education Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Collecting priorities

To ensure the Services to Schools Collection priorities align with the Services to Schools outcomes, the focus for collecting in 2020-22 are outlined below.

Ongoing priorities

  • Supporting the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
  • Quality children’s and young adult literature including classics and award winners.
  • Non-fiction and fiction books to support the New Zealand Curriculum Learning Areas.
  • Resources in te reo Māori.
  • Resources that target the specific needs of diverse learners.
  • New Zealand content and publications, including small locally published items with a focus on regional interest.
  • Unique content may be collected in non -standard formats if unavailable in traditional formats.
  • Fiction and non-fiction to support reading engagement for primary and secondary students and other target groups.

Emerging priorities

  • Responding to priorities in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
  • Books in identified world languages in addition to English, Māori and Pasifika, (for example to support refugee and migrant students).
  • Books to support young people in identified programmes and partnerships.
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other languages) content.
  • eBooks/ eAudiobooks.
  • Resources produced in alternative print formats to support learning disabilities.
  • Responding and adapting the collection to ongoing strategic changes in the
  • wider education environment.

Contact

Julie Wright, Collection Development Specialist, Services to Schools, National Library of New Zealand
Email — julie.wright@dia.govt.nz

Download the Schools Collection collecting plan

Schools Collection collecting plan (pdf, 190KB)

Last updated 2022