"It does not matter how many books you may have, but whether they are good or not."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (3 B.C.-65 A.D.),
Collection Development Training for Arizona
Public Libraries - This is an excellent introduction to all aspects of library collection
development including policies, acquisitions, evaluation, and weeding. Although designed for the
small public library, it will be equally useful in the school library.
AcqWEB - An extensive site
for collection development with information on verification tools, vendors, bibliographic utilities
and much more.
Information Access and Delivery - A guide for policy writing and collection maintenance by the Purdue University School of Library and Information Science.
SLJ's Spending Survery - This is a survey on what school libraries are spending on books and e-books. From School Library Journal, March 1, 2012.
Fuel for Your Fire: Good data offers a reality check that’s invaluable for building libraries - Book prices for 2012. This is an article by Rebecca T. Miller in School Library Journal, March 1, 2012.
Average Book Prices 2010 - Better Data, Better Libraries: Statistics are more Important Than Ever. An article in School Library Journal, March, 2011.
Average Book Prices 2008 - From School Library Journal, March 1, 2008.
The Price You Pay - 2006 book prices from School Library Journal.
2005 Book Prices - From School Library Journal.
Ten Steps to Implementing an eBook Collection: A Guide for Librarians - an article by Cynthia Cleto, 2008.
Researcher exploring ways to bring digital content to school libraries - Marcia Mardis, an assistant professor at Florida State University, is studying ways to bring "open" digital content to school library collections. July 30, 2009
Collection Development Policies
ALA Workbook on Selection Policy Writing - For school libraries.
District Selection Policies -
Guidelines for preparing selection policies by California Department of Education.
School Library Selection Policy - St. Bonaventure School Library, Huntington Beach, CA.
Collection Development Policy - of the Urban School library, San Francisco, CA.
Library Materials Selection Policy - Owensboro Catholic Schools, KY.
Laboratory High School Collection Development Policy - Urbana, IL.
Library Selection Policy - Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School of Greater Boston, MA
Media Selection Policy - Mt. Ararat High School Library, Topsham, ME.
Selection Criteria for School Library Media Center Collections - Baltimore Md public schools.
Selection Policy and Guidelines - Hopkinton School District, Contoocook, NH.
The Brearley School Library Collection Development Policy - An independent school in New York. This is a pdf document.
Selection Policy for School Library Materials - School District of Philadelphia, PA
Westwood Elementary School Library Collection Development Policy - Fairview, TN.
District Selection Policy - Iola-Scandinavia School District, WI.
Caboolture State School Library Collection Policy - Queensland, Australia. This is a pdf document.
Book and Audio Visual Selection Policy - Portage La Prairie School Division, Manitoba, Canada
Collection Development Policy - Trafalgar Castle School Resource Centre,
Whitby, Ontario, Canada. Note that this document is in pdf format.
Reporting Challenges: A Quick How To Video - From the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom.
Dealing with Challenges to Graphic Novels - By the American Library Association. Selection Policies for Electronic Materials and Internet Sites
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