Selecting resources for your collection

Selecting resources.
Developing criteria and procedures to find, choose and buy items, accept donations or handle complaints makes your school library collection easier to manage.


Finding new collection resources

Selecting and purchasing resources

Selection is part of your collection management cycle. Well-documented procedures that can be applied to all items are helpful when it comes to choosing materials for your school library. This outline helps you find, select, and purchase materials.
eBooks in the library.

eBooks in the school library

eBooks bring opportunities and issues for your school library and community. Find guidance about adding eBooks to your collection, including licensing and rights management, eReading trends and devices, and buying and promoting eBooks.
Student looking at Topic Explorer — a digital reference resource

Reference resources

This guide helps school library teams assess their reference collection by exploring its purpose, content, and accessibility for all library users.
Complaints about library items.

Complaints about library items

When someone objects to or challenges a library resource you've selected, it's helpful to have a process for handling the situation. Balancing your aim of an inclusive collection against the diverse opinions in your community needs good communications.
Colourful spine labels on books.

Receiving donations

Donations and gifts to your collection can be a bonus to your school community, but only if they meet the criteria you use for selecting resources. Sometimes you need to manage the expectations of donors.
Magazines are popular is school libraries.

Magazines for NZ school libraries

Magazines are a popular part of the collection in most school libraries. We’ve collated 2 lists of magazines — one for primary and intermediate schools, and the other for secondary — that can help you find titles for your library collection.