The Collection Program in Schools
Concepts and Practices, 7th Edition
by Marcia A. Mardis
July 2021, 320pp, 7 x 10
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This is the seventh edition of a core text in school library media preparation programs.

This thorough treatment of collection development for school library educators, students, and practicing school librarians provides quick access to information.

This seventh edition of The Collection Program in Schools is updated in several key areas. It provides an overview of key education trends affecting school library collections, such as digital textbooks, instructional improvement systems, STEM priorities, and open educational resources (OER) use and reuse. Topics of discussion include the new AASL standards as they relate to the collection; the idea of crowdsourcing in collection development; and current trends in the school library profession, such as Future Ready Librarians and new standards from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Each chapter has been updated and revised with new material, and particular emphasis is placed on disaster preparedness and response as they pertain to policies, circulation, preservation, and moving or closing a collection. This edition also includes updates to review of curation and community analysis principles as they affect the development of the library collection.


  • Serves as a complete guide to collection management for students as well as practitioners
  • Addresses current educational initiatives and new AASL standards
  • Provides creative strategies for working in a climate of change and uncertainty
  • Looks in depth at disaster recovery policies and procedures needed for collection
Marcia A. Mardis is an associate professor at Florida State University's iSchool and editor of IASL's School Libraries Worldwide. A researcher who has practiced collection development in the school library for a decade, she has also taught school library collection development at the university level since 2005 and is involved in many of the movements affecting library resources in schools. She is author of the current edition of The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Strategies.


Embedding discussion questions and scaffolded activities, Mardis provides an excellent teaching resource for school library educators. Grounded in Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science and peppered with authentic Voices from the Field, this guide to collections in school is particularly strong around emerging non-print formats when considering copyright and implications for further collection development.—Wendy Stephens, Associate Professor and School Library Program Chair, Jacksonville State University

This is a well-written and thoroughly researched text. There is a seventh edition for a reason. This book is well organized and user-friendly, a text for beginner to veteran librarians and everyone in between. Mardis has delivered another exceptional monograph on collections for our field. —Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Practices offers both practical advice and how-tos for the selection, acquisitions, and evaluation of library collections and an expansive vision of the collection as central to all aspects of the school library program. The author’s clear understanding of school library standards, educational trends, and evolving technologies inform this useful text for both aspiring and more seasoned school librarians. New technologies; Open Educational Resources; issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion; and disaster preparedness offer timeliness, relevance, and inspiration for school library professionals.—Dr. Sue C. Kimmel, Associate Professor, Library and Information Studies Program, Old Dominion University

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