Selection of resources (print, non-print or digital) in the school library context should be made with careful consideration. Items shd be age appropriate, relevant and appropriate to curriculum at various levels and meet the competencies of students.
Who then is responsible for selection?
Kennedy (2006) seems to favour the professional librarian with possible input from stakeholders but with the final selection and acquisition decision-making by the professional librarian. In the school library, i am working in, the selection of resources is closely considered with the help of the academic subject HoDs. Based on budget availability and the collection development policy, decisions are made jointly. I am more inclined to adopting a collaborative approach where the responsibility for selection is shared with other HoDs with expert knowledge of their respective curriculum and resource requirements. By involving the academic staff, there will be greater ownership towards the library collection development and this will hopefully translate to greater use and promotion to the students.
Strategies i would adopt to implement collaborative approach are:
1) circulate book catalogues, reviews, bibliographies to teachers
2) attend academic subject meetings to familiarise with the curriculum needs & support from the library,
3) form a library advisory committee to recommend & select books–voluntary basis.
4) create a blog to engage and obtain input on collection devt from the various stakeholders-trs, parents, students
5) conduct surveys to gauge students’ interest (esp reading interest).
What to select?
In the school context, it would definitely be resources that meets the requirements and needs of the curriculum, teaching and learning programmes, interest and recreational reading of students and teachers.