Jessica Bombardier is the Library Media Specialist at Swampscott Middle School, in Swampscott, MA, and and a recipient of a 2021 Audrey Friend Scholarship Award.
It’s been all over the news lately – book challenges; book bans. If you work in a school and/or district without a collection development policy, you might feel overwhelmed about where to start. The purpose of this article is to give some ideas and a basic understanding of all of the elements included within a collection development policy. To start, it might be worth asking whether or not your school or district has a collection development policy and also whether or not the school committee supporting your work has a policy in place for book challenges.
Kelly Depin is the Head Librarian at Derby Academy in Hingham.
When I worked in the children’s room of a public library, picture books were some of our biggest movers. Adults and children would come in and take out armfuls, anticipating times spent reading together or looking through the pictures, telling stories of their own making. I hoped for some of the same circulation numbers when I became a school librarian. In my fantasy, students in the lower elementary grades would come in and beg to take home more picture books - or come in during free time and swap out the books they just got a few days before. Well, I’m not sure what it’s like in your elementary libraries - but that scenario has not happened in mine. Yet.
Valerie Diggs is the Librarian at Lowell Catholic High School
Questions may be submitted for this column using the confidential link at the bottom of this post
Question Number One:
"Graphic novel cataloging wisdom needed - I've inherited a rather mixed collection including GN fiction, non-fiction, and Manga all inconsistently labeled making some items almost impossible for a student to locate.'