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Collecting plan – Schools Collection: 2016-2018

Purpose of this plan

The purpose of this collecting plan is to describe the extent of collecting to be undertaken and any priorities for the Schools Collection during the period 2016 to 2018.

This collecting plan was developed in accordance with the collecting principles outlined in the National Library of New Zealand’s Collections Policy.

The purpose of the Schools Collection is to support 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.


Scope of the collection

The Schools Collection supports the National Library’s strategic direction by providing resources for registered New Zealand primary, composite and secondary schools and home educators.

The collection represents the largest specialized holding of literacy and learning resources for children and young adult in the Southern Hemisphere. It comprises over 650,000 fiction and non-fiction books, and DVDs, many in multiple copies to support demand.

Schools Collection resources are used by students (Year 1 to Year 13), school teachers, trainee teachers and home educators to support student learning. Books are predominately in English, but also Māori and Pasifika languages.

The Schools Collection will be developed to support the Services to Schools outcome: Young people will have access to effective and connected library services and library learning environments that support their development as readers and digitally literate learners, by contributing to the key strategic priorities:

  • reading engagement: reading for pleasure and the long term literacy, learning and life benefits this brings
  • digital literacy: finding, using and creating digital content in meaningful ways
  • modern library learning environments: high functioning school library services and environments that impact positively on student outcomes.

To support this, the Schools Collection will be developed by acquiring high quality, high-interest fiction and non-fiction to encourage reading and support inquiry learning for young people.


Exclusions and related collecting plans

Specifically excluded from the Schools Collection acquisition scope are curriculum textbooks, e-books, teacher-based classroom learning support material and activity books.

Also excluded from this plan are related collecting areas with their own collecting plans.


Collecting principles

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

The relevant principles from the collection development policy are provided below, with an explanation of how they will be realised for the Schools Collection.

Principle

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 Schools Collection will focus on fiction and non-fiction resources to support inquiry-based learning, reading for pleasure and long term literacy.

Principle

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

Actions

Increased development of online resources will supplement the Schools Collection by providing inquiry learning support and content appropriate to the needs of New Zealand primary and secondary schools.

Principle

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

Actions

Schools Collection resources will be withdrawn when no longer appropriate in terms of content, use or physical deterioration.


Collecting Priorities 2016 – 2018

In order that the Schools Collection aligns with the Services to Schools strategic priorities, the key collection genres listed below will take acquisition priority.

Priorities

  • Non-fiction books to support inquiry learning and reading engagement for primary and secondary students
  • Picture books suitable for primary and secondary students
  • Fiction suitable for primary and secondary students
  • Young Adult fiction suitable for secondary students
  • Graphic novels suitable for primary and secondary students
  • Literary adaptions and high interest topics on DVD suitable for primary and secondary students
  • Resources that target the needs of specific client groups(for example, Māori and Pasifika students)