Library Collection Development -- Class 1 -- The purpose of libraries and library collections


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What is the mission of libraries? How is that mission staying constant and how is it changing? Introduction to thinking about the purpose of libraries and collection development through the lens of one librarian at an independent school library in Los Angeles.

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Library Collection Development -- Class 1 -- The purpose of libraries and library collections

  1. 1. Collection Development and Management IS 430 (UCLA) Sarah Clark Monday, September 30, 2013
  2. 2. CC Flickr @sashafatcat
  3. 3. Interview a Partner 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Name Year in school Undergraduate area of study Best library memory? Dream job? (this could be library job or not) What is the best breakfast you can imagine? After you interview your partner, you will introduce he or she to the class.
  4. 4. The Purpose of Libraries musings on the past, present and future
  5. 5. The Purpose of Libraries In groups, answer these three questions about the purpose of libraries: 1. What have libraries done in the past that is becoming or has become defunct? 2. What is constant and unchanging about the purpose of libraries? 3. What is new and emerging about the library’s purpose? What is on the horizon?
  6. 6. The purpose of library collections How should this discussion inform how we think about library collections? CC Flickr @ethermoon
  7. 7. Your Goals for this Course Please respond to the following questions on a piece of paper to hand in: ● What do you hope to gain by taking this course? ● What knowledge and/or experience would you like to have by the end of this course?
  8. 8. Windward School Library my background and philosophy
  9. 9. Considering Institutional Mission My question for myself: ● What are the purposes of libraries? Which library missions resonate with me? ● What specifically is the purpose of a school library? ● And what is my own institution’s mission?
  10. 10. NYPL Mission Statement “The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.”
  11. 11. UNESCO School Library Statement The School Library in Teaching and Learning for All The school library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today’s information and knowledge-based society. The school library equips students with life-long learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens.
  12. 12. Windward CTL (Library) The Center for Teaching and Learning at Windward School aims to foster a love for learning based on original inquiry so students may develop into self-directed and engaged adults.
  13. 13. What Makes School Libraries Unique? ● The library's primary purpose is to support education and curriculum. ● School libraries aim to equip students with research skills so they excel in college and adult life. ● Resources in school libraries are specialized in order to suit the age of the students, curriculum, and specific class projects. ● Many librarians, especially at private schools, have a lot of freedom to decide how and when to use their budgets.
  14. 14. Large Libary = Grocery Store I-5 Design & Manufacture
  15. 15. Small Library = Restaurant SMcGarnigle
  16. 16. School vs. Larger Libraries UCLA has 9 million items LAPL has over 6 million items *Windward School has 7,000 items *Windward School has 7,000 items Sources: ALA Factsheet and LAPL website
  17. 17. Windward School and building a library (nearly) from scratch.
  18. 18. ● Location: Mar Vista, Los Angeles ● Population: 525 students, Grades 7-12 ● Founded in 1971
  19. 19. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) New building opened in 2009.
  20. 20. Library History "We don't need a librarian." "I never thought to bring my classes here to do research." Floyd Brown "There aren't any books. And when I look them up, they aren't on the shelf."
  21. 21. WW Takes a Chance 2009: new building, new beginnings, and testing out a librarian Goal: Weed and rebuild collection and build a library culture.
  22. 22. Step 1: Weed the Collection DISCLAIMER Don't try this at work: best practice says wait a year before weeding at a new workplace. Arty Smokes (deaf mute)
  23. 23. Step 2: Collect Fiction and Pleasure Reading Books
  24. 24. Step 3: Build Library Culture
  25. 25. Step 4: Build Relationships with Faculty and Students
  26. 26. Collection Development Policies at WW connecting with departments one at a time.
  27. 27. What we collect: ● Books to support curricular projects ● Fun/free reading books ● Textbooks ● College and test prep books ● DVDs ● A few board games ● Magazines ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Laptops Computer chargers Phone and iPad chargers Calculators Video cameras Point and shoot cameras Mini tripods Computer mice Ethernet cords Headphones Office supplies Rulers Markers, colored pencils
  28. 28. Grab and Read
  29. 29. Our online resources ■ ■ ■ ■ Historical newspapers Scholarly journals via JSTOR NoodleTools for citations and notetaking Resource guides (LibGuides) specific to projects involving research ■ ■ Vimeo account to showcase student work CTL website to tell classroom stories
  30. 30. What we don't collect ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ VHS tapes Newspapers Back issues of magazines Printed scholarly journals Reference books CDs/music Materials in most languages other than English
  31. 31. Formal CD Efforts Since 2009, we have worked with UCLA interns, department by department, to create collection policies/plans. History: 2010-2011 Theater (Performing Arts): 2010-2011 English: 2011-2012 Art and Art History: 2012-2013 Studio for Writing and Rhetoric: 2012-2013 Windward's Collection Development Process Overview
  32. 32. CD Lessons Learned ● Always begin with your community, not your collection. ● Connecting with faculty gives you a chance to understand their needs and a chance to sell your collection and services. ● Test new online resources in real project situations. ● Involve students when assessing and considering your resources.
  33. 33. Studio for Writing and Rhetoric, opened fall 2012
  34. 34. Nuts and Bolts inside statistics, reviews, and community feedback.
  35. 35. Evaluating Resources ● Timeliness how quickly can you respond to a user's information need? ● ● ● ● ● ● Longevity/Durability Cost-Benefit Access Ease of Use User Education how much time will you need to spend educating your users on how to use this resource? Organization and Display how can you present this item so people will want to use it?
  36. 36. Tools and Reviews for School Librarians Earlyword School Library Journal Library Journal YALSA VOYA Booklist LA and NY Times Amazon and Goodreads Develop a ritual for reading reviews so this is not you!
  37. 37. Track your purchases and wishes Sample book order list
  38. 38. Statistics, Surveys, Feedback Learn to love and respect Excel: Usage and Acquisition Stats example
  39. 39. Surveys with Perks
  40. 40. The Commons building collections, services, and opportunities that are meaningful to your community.
  41. 41. Jack M., 8th Grade CTL Leader
  42. 42. Final Thoughts A collection is one service out of many that you provide to your community. Ask yourself: what does my community want and need? How can I support them?
  43. 43. Thank You! Sarah Clark Windward School Library @s_elaineclark @WindwardCTL