Your clients include students, teachers, administrators, parents, staff, members of community, and anyone else connected with the learning community. The primary purpose of a school library media center collection is to provide access to information. This access is provided by serving your patrons.
. . . all decisions should be based on sound data regarding the reading level, developmental level, interests, and needs of students. A collaborative planning process is essential in determining those materials that will best impact student achievement.
Information Access & Delivery: School Library Collections
In the physical world, communities are typically groups of people (a town, for instance) held together by some common identity or interest.
Coming from two Latin words meaning “with gifts,” the term community suggests a general sense of altruism, reciprocity, and beneficence that comes from working together. Communities help generate a shared language, rituals and customers, and collective memory of those that join the group.
I believe that a school and a community shouldn’t be separate entities. They are the same. I believe it is the responsibility of the educator to explore and learn about the community, to have the critical conversations necessary to learn what resources are available there to enhance the curriculum that you are using or developing.
Alicia Fitzpatrick of Twin Buttes High School, Zuni, NM
As school librarians and media specialists collaborate with classroom teachers and assist them in finding relevant materials for resource-based learning, the use of both material resources and human resources from the community can be invaluable. Accessing resources within the community can make learning more relevant to students and enable them to see a connection between the curriculum and the real world. Establishing community resource collections also results in stronger business and community partnerships with the school.
Jennifer Hammond, “ Community Resources as Part of the School Library Collection ”. Library Philosophy and Practice Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall 2001)