How you manage your library's collection is important to the success of learning and literacy in your school. Your collection will better meet your school’s needs if it's balanced, inclusive and managed through well-planned processes.
The collection management cycle
Managing your school library's collection works as a cycle or process. Where you start in the cycle depends on your circumstances.
- working out what should be in your collection, based on your school community’s priorities and other factors
- developing a vision for your collection
- creating a collection management plan.
Working out your library's collection requirements
Developing a collection management plan
You need to know how you’ll find, choose and buy resources for your collection. You’ll also need to work out what you do when you get gifts or donations, or someone complains about an item in your collection.
Selecting resources for your collection
Complaints about library items
Managing your collection includes knowing how you catalogue resources and manage their circulation, as well as other library processes.
Library systems and operations
For many decisions about collection management, you’ll need a good knowledge of your collection. You’ll need to find out:
- which areas are well covered
- where there are gaps in the collection, and
- how well it provides for the needs of your students.
Assessing your school library collection
Sometimes called ‘deselection’, weeding is the process of regularly removing or culling outdated or irrelevant resources from your collection. You’ll need to decide why, when and how to weed items from your collection and who should be involved.
Weeding your school library collection