An inclusive school library collection can include a variety of quality digital resources. An effective digital collection will:
- meet the learning needs of students
- be aligned with the learning priorities and pedagogies of your school, and
- complement any physical collection.
Building an inclusive collection
In developing your collection of digital resources, first consider the mission and goals of your school library. These can usually be found in your library's guiding documents.
Library guiding documents
Before you choose resources you may need to do a needs assessment to work out the type of digital resources you need, and what access to them teachers and students need. Talking to teachers and students can help with this.
Assessing your school library collection
School community profile — identifies the characteristics of your students, teachers and the local community.
From this you can develop a set of criteria which will make it easier to evaluate resources for your collection. You may also need to consider putting together policies and procedures for:
- selection, collection, storage and curation of digital resources, and
- your library’s online presence including how digital resources can be accessed.
Working out your library's collection requirements
It's also a good idea to work out who is responsible for championing digital literacy and digital citizenship in your school.
Developing digital citizenship