An Introduction to Collection Development for School Librarians, Second Edition

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Applying an informal and practical approach, Kerby provides beginning librarians with the essential steps to effectively manage a vibrant school library collection. Kerby argues that building a quality collection is no longer enough and offers strategies to ensure that learners actively engage with the materials. Supported by the National School Library Standards and ALA/AASL/CAEP standards for university preparation programs, this resource introduces the key components that influence collection development today, including

  • policies, practices, and selection sources to evaluate, weed, and build dynamic and diverse school library collections;
  • methods and examples for analyzing collection, curriculum, and community needs;  
  • strategies for showcasing the school library collection to learners and stakeholders; and
  • charts, checklists, worksheets, discussion questions, and tips from practicing school librarians.

By focusing on the basics, readers can begin to reflect on and customize plans for action. A timesaver for the busy school librarian, this collection development digest is the tool you need to ensure success.

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Introduction: Ready to Roll Up Your Sleeves?

Chapter 1    What Do I Do First?
Chapter 2    What Should I Learn Next?
Chapter 3    What Sources Do I Use to Select New Materials?
Chapter 4    What Sources Do I Use to Fill In Collection Gaps?
Chapter 5    How Do I Weed the Collection?
Chapter 6    How Do I Evaluate the Collection?
Chapter 7    How Do I Turn a Complaint into a Positive?
Chapter 8    How Do I Showcase the Collection?

Afterword: Cheering You Onward!

Mona Kerby

Mona Kerby is professor and coordinator of graduate programs in school librarianship, instructional technology, and writing for children at McDaniel College in Maryland, where she holds the L. Stanley Bowlsbey Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies Endowed Chair. She also writes award-winning books for children. See

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