The Collection Development Plan

A Blueprint for School Libraries

by Sedley Abercrombie


Learn how to build an exemplary school library collection by first making a detailed plan.

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April 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 200
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Children's and Young Adult Collection Management/Acquisition and Collection Development Guides
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Without a written plan, even the most well-intentioned school librarian may end up with a library collection that looks vastly different than what was originally envisioned.

A collection development plan informs stakeholders of the principles and criteria upon which materials are acquired and retained, guides staff in the decision-making process of selection and deselection, and provides a plan to help systematically build a library collection that is inclusive and represents all points of view.

This book helps school librarians draft a comprehensive plan to support the curriculum and the mission of the school and school library. The author developed this collection development framework to help school librarians easily draft a three-year plan that is timely, relevant, and data-driven and will help them advocate for support for school libraries from school administrators and district leadership. This book explains not only why but how to develop that plan.


  • Explains how and why to provide a comprehensive plan for future purchases and building your library collection
  • Offers questions to keep your collection fresh: What is your "why"? Who is your audience?
  • Provides criteria for deselection
  • Provides data-driven plans that work toward the mission of the school and school library
Author Info

Sedley Abercrombie is district digital learning and school library media programs specialist at Davidson County Schools in Lexington, North Carolina. She is also an adjunct instructor for the school library program at East Carolina University, a contributing blogger for Knowledge Quest, and an executive board member for the North Carolina School Library Media Association.

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School Library Management, 7th Edition cover imageThe Collection's at the Core cover imageThe 21st-Century Elementary School Library Program cover image

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