This work provides new techniques and tools necessary for analyzing, assessing, and managing the school library collection and for preparing for cooperative collection development.
A leader in cooperative collection development for the school library presents a framework for developing school library collections in today's era of access vs. ownership and cooperative resource sharing. This guide provides new tools and techniques for analyzing collections, including ready-to-use collection data-gathering forms and collection assessment and analysis worksheets. Also included are examples of a written collection development policy, a selection policy, a copyright policy and procedures, and an Internet use policy. It shows how to map the school curriculum, represent library collections using automated circulation data, and document priorities for the collection. The guide is based on the premise that school library media specialists must have a clear understanding of their collection strengths and needs before participating in cooperative collection development in order to think globally but act locally. The author provides more than 30 collection assessment tools, worksheets, and exemplary written sample collection policies that have proven effective in school library media centers and can be adapted for use in grades K through 12.
Kachel provides both qualitative and quantitative techniques to analyze existing collections based on the conspectus approach. Cooperative collection development activities are detailed, including the financial, technical, and human resources needed for success. Methodologies for providing a rich base of resources matching curricular and student needs in a cost-effective and user-relevant fashion enhance the managerial and leadership role of the school library media specialist. For all school library media specialists who plan to analyze and assess their collection and participate in cooperative collection development, this guide provides all the tools necessary to accurately and successfully manage this activity in a cost-effective manner.
Introduction Placing Collection Assessment in Context Collection Assessment Techniques Adapting the Conspectus Approach for School Libraries The Written Collection Development Policy Cooperative Collection Development Conclusion Glossary Appendix A: Collection Assessment Tools Appendix B: Collection Codes--Current Collection, Acquisition Commitment, Collection Goal Appendix C: Collection Assessment Worksheets Appendix D: Written Collection Policy Documents Appendix E: School Library and Information Services Curriculum Mapping Survey Index
Reviews ...makes a significant and unique contribution to the literature of collection development....A balanced blending of theory and application makes this book particularly useful to both library practitioners and library science educators.—Collection Management
Endorsements Kachel's discussion of collection assessment and management is a welcome addition to the literature on the subject for school library media specialists. The author applied many of the newer concepts about collection management to the school arena in a manner suitable for application at the local level. Her practical adaptations and examples of the conspectus model are a major contribution.—Jacqueline C. Mancall, Ph.D.^LProfessor of Information Science and Technology^LDrexel University
[Kachel has] done a great job of bringing together the theory and the practical application of collection management for school librarians.... This book is a major contribution to the collection management literature. Reading this book will move many school districts from the planning stages to the achievement stages of collection assessment. It will serve as a handbook to facilitate district-wide as well as regional cooperative collection projects. It should be required reading for all district-level library coordinators.—Dr. Mary C. Bushing^LAssistant Professor & Collection Development Librarian^LMontana State University-Bozeman Libraries