Taking all the information you have, draft requirements for your collection — this will be more successful if you collaborate with other library and teaching staff to do this.
- list each section of your collection that will be an area of focus during the year, for example, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, reference, curated online content and so on
- show any specific collection development priorities, such as a learning area or topic of interest, targeted reader group or level, or a specific fiction genre
- explain why you've chosen these sections and priorities — it could be that:
- books are out-of-date
- a new inquiry unit or assessment is planned
- you plan to support school-wide student achievement targets, or
- you're responding to reader demand
- suggest what format of material will be most suitable, for example, print, eBooks, magazines or websites
- note how you’re going to evaluate progress against the plan.
Sharing your requirements
You may decide to share your documented plan with teachers, your school's management team and other stakeholders, such as the Board of Trustees or the wider school community.
Keeping your requirements up-to-date
Your collection requirements can change — you'll need to update them as your circumstances and priorities change.
Your requirements guide your selection decisions, but specific choices about what to add to your collection are also affected by:
- your school’s needs, which can change at short notice
- new publications and their availability
- access to resources through other channels, for example, the National Library, your public library, EPIC and website content subscriptions
- your library's budget.
Selecting resources for your collection