The Collection's at the Core
Revitalize Your Library with Innovative Resources for the Common Core and STEM
by Marcia A. Mardis
December 2014, 147pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-504-6
$50, £39, 44€, A69
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An invaluable resource for school librarians seeking to build their STEM collections to help students meet and exceed Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Common Core standards, OER, STEM, and collection development—where to begin? This book investigates these critical topics together to give you the power to transform your collection and practice and put your school library at the center of STEM.

Curricula that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas of study aren’t just important for furthering competency and careers in these fields; STEM helps ensure that future generations include inventive and critical thinkers. Digital resources offer a current, exciting direction to involve school librarians with their STEM teachers. With its specific focus on open digital multimedia learning resources, this book will enable school librarians to take advantage of this opportunity and evaluate, build, and maintain their STEM collections.

The book comprises three sections: an overview of policy initiatives; a thorough exploration of STEM education policy, digital materials, and collection considerations; and detailed explanations of strategies for collection development and promotion. You’ll learn how to perform a collection analysis to determine the age and extent of your STEM collections and make priorities for enriching them with appropriate digital multimedia resources as well as how to classify resources using Dewey and Sears and with regard to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.


  • Authored by a former school administrator and school librarian with 15 years' experience working on K–12 STEM initiatives
  • Enables school librarians to understand the nature and importance of STEM as well as the value of including high-quality, free STEM digital multimedia in library collections
  • Presents effective strategies for promoting collections to ultimate beneficiaries including learners, educators, parents, community members, and, importantly, other school librarians
  • Gives school librarians specific criteria and sources with which to build STEM collections that meet national standards for science, health, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as to select resources that cross curriculum areas
Marcia A. Mardis, EdD, is associate professor at Florida State University's School of Information in Tallahassee, FL. A former school administrator and school librarian, she has authored numerous scholarly publications and is a leader of many state, federal, and international STEM-focused school library projects. Mardis researches and writes about the intersection of school libraries, digital libraries, and K–12 STEM education.


"What a welcome book connecting library collections to STEM and CCSS. [The] bibliography of open educational resources is worth the price of the book! . . . Enjoy this introduction to STEM and OER."—Teacher Librarian, February 5, 2015

"Definitely a 'core' book for your collection."—School Librarian's Workshop, June 2, 2015
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