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Library Media Services

Collection Management Guidelines


West Hartford Public Schools

West Hartford, CT

 

December 2016

 

PreK-12 Library Media Services Department

 

Library Media Specialists

Monica Ahern

Lori Andrada

Kelly Casey

Rebecca Cochrane

Jill Dailey

Denise deMello

Angela Giliberto

Lee Gluck

Claudine Lavoie

Sarah Lynch

Shannon McNeice

Liz Nascimento

Carolyn Shea

Brenda Smith

Joey Tavera

Melissa Thom

Rachel Tonucci

Pat VanInwagen

 

Department Supervisor

Jeri Van Leer

 

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main Street

West Hartford, CT 06107

(860) 561-6600

www.whps.org

INTRODUCTION

 

Mission

“The mission of the school library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The school library media specialist empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information by:

  • Collaborating with educators and students to design and teach engaging learning experiences that meet individual needs.

  • Instructing students and assisting educators in using, evaluating, and producing information and ideas through active use of a broad range of appropriate tools, resources, and information technologies.

  • Providing access to materials in all formats, including up-to-date, high-quality, varied literature to develop and strengthen a love of reading.

  • Providing students and staff with instruction and resources that reflect the current information needs and anticipate changes in technology and education.

  • Providing leadership in the total education program and advocating for strong school library programs as essential to meeting local, state and national education goals."

 

Excerpted from Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School  Library Programs by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, copyright © 2009 American Library Association. Used with permission.

 

Library Media Program

The library media program provides the foundation skills for students to become critical users of information and readers for lifelong learning. Standards for the 21st-Century Learner published by the American Association of School Librarians provides the framework for instruction. Library media specialists collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate these skills aligned with state standards across the disciplines. Students are engaged in inquiry-based projects that focus on the information problem-solving process and critical thinking skills. As a result, these skills and strategies prepare students to become responsible citizens of the twenty-first century who use information efficiently and effectively for lifelong learning.

 

The library provides a collection of fiction and nonfiction resources in a variety of formats including print books, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and databases which are accessible online. These collections support the curriculum and reflect the diversity and interests of students in the school.

 

The library media program plays a critical role in supporting reading development and emphasizing reading for pleasure to promote the reading habit and lifelong learning. Library media specialists engage students in a variety of reading experiences by recommending books to read, reading aloud, sharing booktalks, storytelling, and other literature-related programs.

 

Purpose of the Guidelines

The Library Media Services Collection Management Guidelines provide the framework for the development of library media center collections that support the curriculum, reflect the diversity and interests of students in each school as well as resources that are current and accurate. These guidelines outline the process of continuous improvement by defining the processes for collection management: assessment, selection and acquisition, maximizing access and maintenance.


 

Definition of Community and User Groups

Who We Are as a Community

West Hartford is located adjacent to the western boundary of the state capital, the city of Hartford. The town encompasses 22 square miles with a diverse population of approximately 63,000 residents including 74.8% White, 9.8% Hispanic/Latino, 6.3% Black/African American, 7.4% Asian, 2.7% Two or more races and 0.5% American Indian/Native Alaskan. The poverty rate for 2010-2014 was 7.9%.
 

Who We Are as a District

A total of sixteen schools serve a population of over 9,700 students. The school system includes eleven elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. The district serves a diverse student population including 60.9% White, 16.1% Hispanic/Latino, 11.4% Asian, 8.2% Black/African American and 3.5% Two or more races. Additionally, the student population includes Students with Disabilities (12%), Students Eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Meals (21.2%, and English Language Learners (5.7%). There are 67 different languages represented in the school system with the five largest groups identified as: Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Nepali.

 

Each school provides a library media center staffed by certified school library media specialists. Students and staff may use the resources in any of the collections throughout the school system. Parents may also access these resources by contacting the library media specialist.

 

Definition of Patron Needs and Services

Library media specialists are responsible for developing print and digital collections that support teaching and learning and address the specific needs of students and staff in their respective schools. All resources are evaluated for their effectiveness in meeting the instructional and informational needs of all learners.

It is important to develop collections that reflect the diversity of our students including but not limited to:  ability, economic background, ethnicity, families, gender, gender identity, geographic background, language status, race, religion and sexual orientation.


 

Description of the Collection

A high quality library media center collection provides access to a range of resources in print, nonprint and digital formats to support the curriculum. The Connecticut State Department of Education provides the following guidelines for developing the collections necessary to learn and apply identified skills and competencies.

 

Print Resources

The library media center develops and sustains a book collection sufficient in quantity and scope to maintain a language rich environment by providing 25 volumes per student or 6,000 volumes whichever is greater.

 

Periodical collections include both online databases and print copies to provide sufficient resources for research and sustain a language rich environment. Although the number of periodical subscriptions will vary depending on the school population and curriculum requirements, the following guidelines provide for a basic collection of periodicals to meet student and staff needs.

 

Size of School

Number of Periodicals Suggested

Elementary School (K-6) under 250 students

25

Elementary School (K-6) over 250 students

25-50

Elementary School (K-8) under 250 students

40

Elementary School (K-8) over 250 students

40-60

Middle School/Junior  High under 400 students

50-75

Middle School/Junior High over 400 students

75-100

High School under 500 students

75-100

High School 500-1,000 students

100-125

High School over 1,000 students

125+

Although we have access to online databases from researchIT CT and the school district which include periodicals, it is important to keep the following in mind:

  • We select periodicals that complement the online databases (not all titles are available online).

  • Some publishers embargo the online version of their magazines which means that the online version is not immediately available.

  • Online periodicals appropriate for students in grades K-2, or students not reading at grade level is limited.

  • Print periodicals support the learning of nonfiction reading strategies especially for elementary students (online reading requires different strategies).

  • At the middle school and high school level many students read magazines for pleasure which are displayed in the library media center.

  • Print periodicals appeal to struggling readers and reluctant readers who may not be able to engage in reading books with more text and fewer visuals.

Nonprint and Electronic Resources

Specific number recommendations for nonprint and electronic formats are not provided due to the increasing availability of these resources and rapid changes in technology. The most important factor in developing these collections is to provide a range of formats to meet the diverse learning needs of students. Recommended formats include, but are not limited to:

  • Audio recordings

  • Video recordings

  • Computer software/apps

  • Online resources

  • Art and study prints

  • Kits (combination of formats)

  • Toys or puppets

  • Games

  • Maps

  • Models

  • Other tangible items (realia)

 

Collaborative Collection Development and Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan between school library media centers supplements individual collections under special circumstances. These special circumstances include providing a range of resources to accommodate student reading levels and providing a sufficient quantity of resources to support curriculum areas.

 

Library media specialists collaborate with each other during professional learning time to share recommendations and engage in cooperative purchasing when feasible. Centralized purchasing of resources that are required in more than one building enables the school district to realize greater savings.

 

Since the collections of the West Hartford Public Schools and the West Hartford Public Library are now available online, students and staff may conduct searches from any device with Internet access at school or at home. School library media specialists and public librarians may search any or all of the collections to assist them in developing a collection in a specific area. The West Hartford Public Schools and the West Hartford Public Library also share summer reading lists and access to other resources as needed.



GENERAL PRIORITIES, LIMITATIONS AND GUIDELINES

 

Assessment

Library media centers support the curriculum by maintaining collections of both current and retrospective resources. Continuous evaluation of the collection through data analysis assists the library media specialist in identifying the needs in their individual school. The following documents and data inform the selection of resources:

  • Curriculum Documents

  • Home Language Reports

  • School Profile and Performance Reports

  • Titlewise (age analysis)

  • Diversity Analysis Guide (Appendix A?)

Formats

The library media center collects information in a variety of formats to accommodate a range of learning needs, which may include but are not limited to:  books (print and digital), periodicals (print and digital), newspapers (print and digital), audio recordings, video recordings, computer software (including apps), online resources, art and study prints, kits, toys or puppets, games, maps, models and realia. Library media specialists select the edition of a book based on availability, use and number of copies required (e.g. hardcover, paperback, trade binding, library binding, reinforced binding, large print). As new technologies emerge the department of Library Media Services evaluates and recommends other formats. The department no longer includes the following outdated formats in collections: VHS videotapes.

 

Multiple Copies

Library media center collections include multiple copies to support curriculum needs. The library media specialist determines the number of copies based on use and/or curriculum analysis. Individual schools or departments provide multiple copies of classroom instructional resources (e.g. classroom book sets, atlases).

 

Languages

Collections include books, periodicals, and other resources in languages other than English as determined by the curriculum and the cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of the student body. All library media specialists are members of the Welcome listserv provided by the Connecticut State Library which is a discussion list for library staff serving multilingual populations.


Funding Considerations

West Hartford Public Schools will provide adequate and consistent funding for the library media program. Regardless of the funding source, school budget or outside donations, library media specialists apply the same criteria for the selection of resources. Formulas provided by the Connecticut State Department of Education are used when developing budget requests for library media resources.

 

Replacement of Books

(lost, damaged, out of date or containing inaccurate information)

5% (or actual percent based on inventory) x number of books in the collection x average price of a library book for the particular level = total

 

New Books

(growth and expansion of the collection based on its current status)

  1. If the book collection fulfills 90% or more of the state guidelines (25 volumes per student), then use 3%-5% in the equation below.

  1. If the book collection fulfills 75%-90% of the state guidelines, then use 10%-15%.

  1. If the book collection falls below 75% of the state guidelines, then use 15%-25%.

 

Funding Formula

% x number of books in the collection x average price of a library book for the school level = the amount needed

 

Reference Materials

Use the actual dollar amount for the materials needed. Decision-making includes the cost-effectiveness, coverage, reliability (response time), accessibility and availability of purchasing online, electronic, and print or a combination of formats.

 

Periodical Subscriptions

Hard copy periodicals

Number of periodical subscriptions x actual cost for subscription = total

 

Online periodical databases―use the actual annual cost

 

New or Replacement Nonprint and Electronic Resources

Use the actual cost of the material. Library media center budgets include items listed under audiovisual supplies which may include commercially produced audiovisual programs or online services selected to support the classroom curriculum such as audiobooks or read-a-longs (e.g. CD, digital) music (e.g. CD, digital), DVDs or video streaming/video-on-demand service


 

COLLECTION RESPONSIBILITIES AND SELECTION PROCEDURES

 

Collection Responsibilities

The Board of Education recognizes the need to provide for the selection of library media materials to support the educational goals of the West Hartford Public Schools, the requirements of the curriculum and the information needs of students and staff. To this end the Board of Education assents that the responsibility for the selection of all library media center resources is delegated to the certified library media specialist through the building principal. The selection process involves opportunities for consultation with administrators, faculty, supervisors and students to provide:
 

  • A comprehensive collection of instructional materials (print, nonprint and electronic) with maximum accessibility in compliance with basic written selection principles. The same broad criteria apply to all formats: authenticity, content, aesthetics, technical quality and price.
     

  • Materials that support the curriculum, taking into consideration the needs and interests of individual students based on abilities, socio-economic backgrounds and maturity levels of the user.
     

  • Materials of high literary quality containing important points of view. Care is exercised to represent all sides of controversial questions. The presence of a resource in the school does not constitute a recommendation for all students or an endorsement of the ideas it contains.
     

  • Resources that encourage growth in knowledge and that develop literary, cultural and aesthetic appreciation, and ethical standards.
     

  • Materials which reflect the ideas and beliefs of religious, social, political, historical and ethnic groups and their contributions to the heritage and culture of America or the world.
     

  • A written statement of procedures for meeting censorship of literary, media and educational materials.
     

  • Certified school library media specialists to serve students and staff.

Selection Procedures

The library media specialist evaluates the existing collection and consults reputable, reliable reviewing tools and selection guides as well as curriculum documents. Recommendations of students and staff are solicited and evaluated in relation to the current collection, the materials available and the limitations of the budget. Requisitions for materials receive approval at the building level and are forwarded to the Department Supervisor of Library Media Services.

 

Selection Criteria

The library media specialist considers the following in the selection of materials:
 

  • Acceptable reviews or recommendations in recognized reviewing tools, selection guides, standard bibliographies or award lists

    • See Resource Lists in the Professional Collection for Library Media Specialists at http://destiny.whps.org/

      • Building Diverse Collections

      • Collection Development Tools

    • Consult Professional Periodicals for School Library Media Specialists in Appendix B?)

  • Relationship of the item to the curriculum and potential for effective use

  • Recommendations and requests by students and staff

  • Author’s/creator’s significance and/or reputation

  • Importance of this subject matter to the collection

  • Scarcity of material on the subject

  • Timeliness or permanence of the work

  • Authority

  • Publisher’s/producer’s reputation

  • Cost and limitations

  • Quality of writing

  • Appropriateness of format

  • Accuracy of information

  • Current information

  • Style and appropriate level of information need

  • Durability of the physical product

  • Materials in a series will be evaluated as individual titles

  • Previews

  • Utility (indexes, references, illustrations)

 

Additional Criteria for Nonprint and Electronic Resources

  • Availability of and format compatibility with equipment in the school district

  • Licensing and distribution options

  • Graphics are relevant

  • Audio is clear

  • Technical support is available

  • Reliability of the resource

  • Response time is adequate

  • Usefulness for students with special needs

Appendices K, L, M and N provide evaluation forms for videorecordings, software, Internet sites and on-line databases.

 

Gifts and Free Materials

Gifts and free materials must meet the same standards and criteria established for the selection of all instructional materials. Although materials from individuals and organizations are welcome the right to refuse unsuitable materials rests with the library media specialist.

 

Sponsored Materials

Sponsored materials must not attempt to establish the exclusiveness of a particular product or service. The sources of funds and names of sponsoring organizations of the materials should be known so that the point of view and propaganda content presented may be identified and evaluated. If the material meets the same standards and criteria established for the selection of all materials, then the appearance of the name of the sponsor on the material is permissible.

 

Consult the Resource List entitled Collection Management in the Professional Collection for Library Media Specialists at http://destiny.whps.org/ for more specific information on all aspects of this topic.


COLLECTION MAINTENANCE

 

The collection undergoes continuous evaluation to meet the information needs of students and staff and make efficient use of space. Time allotted for annual inventory will be adequate to verify missing items and weed sections of the collection. The six-year inventory cycle is as follows:

 

Year 1 ― 300

Year 2 ― 500-600

Year 3 ― 800

Year 4 ― 000, 100, 200, 400, 700

Year 5 ― 900

Year 6 ― Fiction, Biography

 

A certified library media specialist weeds the collection according to the following criteria.

 

Content

  • Science, travel, geography and technical information more than five years from the copyright date is examined.

  • Encyclopedias more than five years old from the copyright date are withdrawn from the reference collection.

  • Fiction that has not circulated for five years and is of no permanent value is withdrawn. Check the availability of the title as well as standard catalogs.

  • Superceded editions unless they contain unique materials (e.g. maps, bibliographies, charts).

  • Duplicate copies on once popular materials.

  • Obsolete and discredited or unauthorized information.

  • Almanacs, yearbooks, etc., more than five years old, unless year specific resources are required by the curriculum.

 

Physical Condition

  • Items with torn or ragged covers, worn, soiled or yellowed or page(s) missing.

  • Newspapers and magazines replaced with nonprint or electronic data are withdrawn.

  • Nonprint or electronic resources that are damaged, soiled or worn.

 

Technical Quality

  • Graphics exhibit poor visual quality (i.e. faded, off-color).

  • Audio is no longer clear.

  • Components of electronic resources no longer function.

 

Data (Destiny Reports)

  • Top/Bottom Report—provides a list of the titles with the most or least circulations

  • Weeding Log—lists copies that were weeded, deleted or transferred

 

Consult the following web site for more specific criteria for weeding materials by format and Dewey class including fiction, easy readers/picture books, young adult, graphic novels and more.

CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries
https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/pubs/crew/index.html 

 

Retention of Materials

The library media specialist retains the following materials even if they meet these criteria:

  • If it is a work of historical significance in the field of children’s literature.

  • If it contains unusual illustrations or illustrations done by a well-known artist.

  • If it is a work by a local author, illustrator, editor or creator.

  • If it describes local history or personalities.

 

Withdrawal Procedures

After determining that an item should be withdrawn, follow these steps:

  • If you require additional expertise in a particular subject area, request assistance from appropriate subject area teachers.

  • Update the record in the online catalog.

 

Disposal of withdrawn materials is accomplished according to the following priorities:

  • Books may be recycled

    • Place books boxes no larger than copy paper boxes. 

    • Contact your custodian to arrange for pickup by Plant & Facilities Services

    • Books are then taken to a recycling facility in Rocky Hill which benefits the_______________

  • Electronics recycling process

    • Contact your custodian to arrange for pickup by Plant & Facilities Services

  • All other Items, which are outdated, of poor technical quality or in poor physical condition, are disposed of in appropriate trash receptacles. Mark out school ownership stamps with permanent marker and remove the pocket, date due and borrower card (if applicable).

  • Items in good condition, although eligible for withdrawal may have potential uses in the West Hartford Public Library. Library media specialists will notify the West Hartford Public Library staff liaison regarding the availability of these items. Any items not accepted by the West Hartford Public Library may be donated to the Friends of the West Hartford Public Library.


Limits on the Collection

  • Textbooks as such are not added to the collection unless information is not available from other sources.

  • Classroom books sets (multiple copies of fiction or nonfiction books for classroom use) are not purchased through the library media center budget.

  • Technology formats no longer viable as resources should not be retained.

 

Special Collections

Special collections for all formats are purchased using the Selection Procedures as established on pages 7-8. Although these materials are housed in the appropriate area of the collection, such collections are acknowledged with bookplates or plaques. Records of these materials appear on the computer record or on lists.

 

Vertical files include the following types of resources: ephemeral materials, local history and school publications.

 

Collection Mapping

The library media specialist utilizes the following data to evaluate the current collection and to identify areas for future acquisitions.

  • Collection Age Analysis
    Upload collection to Titlewise in September

  • Inventory
    Conduct inventory in June according to the evaluation cycle in Collection Mainenance on page ___

  • Collection Size and Circulation Reports (Destiny Reports)
    Send reports to the Department Supervisor of Library Media Services in June

    • Library Snapshot

    • Statistics Snapshots (Enter View Statistics for the last 11 months)

  • Collection Subject Analysis (Destiny Reports)
    Review annually

    • Collection Statistics—Historical

    • Collection Statistics—Summary

    • Hold Statistics—Identifies titles in high demand based on holds placed

    • Search Statistics—Examine how patrons are searching the library

    • Top/Bottom Titles—View a list of the titles with the most or least circulations
       

Copyright Law

All library media specialist comply with copyright law with regard to collection development. The library media specialist promotes the legal and ethical use of copyrighted materials. See Appendices O, P and Q for copyright law references and West Hartford Public Schools Administrative Guidelines for Use of Technology.


 

COMPLAINTS AND CENSORSHIP

 

The library media center provides free access to information. This policy affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas as stated in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read statement (Appendices R, S, T and U). Residents of West Hartford or staff members in the West Hartford Public Schools use the following procedures for inquiries about educational materials.

  1. Questions regarding the quality, appropriateness, and/or value of educational materials are dealt with initially in an informal manner. The teacher, library media specialist or principal initially contacted discusses with parents and/or community members the rationale for using the educational materials in question. Teachers or library media specialists notify the principal of any such discussions. The principal keeps a detailed log of all inquiries (see School Principal’s Inquiry for Educational Materials Log, p. 13).

  1. If informal discussions with teachers or library media specialists do not satisfy the individual or individuals involved they will be directed to the principal. The principal will give the questioning party a copy of the Educational Materials Inquiry Form (see Educational Materials Inquiry Form, p. 14).

  1. The Educational Materials Inquiry Form is to be completed by the questioning party and returned to the principal. The principal will forward the form to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction within five school days.

  1. Within ten school days of receipt of the Educational Materials Inquiry Form the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction will establish a review committee whose members may include:

    Principal

    Department Supervisor

    Department Members

    Teacher or Teachers Involved

    Library Media Specialist

    Appropriate Experts
    Member from the Equity and Diversity Council

This review committee will examine the inquiry request and judge the material as to its conformance with the criteria for selection as listed in Library Media Services Collection Management Guidelines. The committee will make its recommendations and submit a written report to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

 

  1. Upon receipt of the report, the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment will inform the complainant of the committee’s decision.


SCHOOL PRINCIPAL’S INQUIRY LOG

FOR

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

 

Date:

Inquiry received by:

Inquiry by:

Nature of the inquiry:







 

Action taken (include name and positions of all involved):








 

Date action taken:

 

Signed

_____________________________________

 

Principal

 

West Hartford Public Schools

West Hartford, Connecticut


 

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS INQUIRY FORM

 

Request initiated by:

Date of request:

Telephone:

Email:

Address:

Zip code:

 

Inquirer represents:

 

    ☐ Self

 

    ☐ Group affiliation (if any)__________________________________________________________

 

Format of material in question:

☐    Book

☐    Magazine

☐    Video recording

☐    Audio recording

☐    Software/App

☐    Online subscription

☐    Other (please specify)

__________________________

   

 

Please respond to the following questions. If you need more space, please attach additional pages.

 

  1. Where is the material being used?

 

  1. Did you read/hear/view the entire work?

 

  1. If not, which part did you read/hear/view?

 

  1. Specifically what part of the information did you find objectionable, and why? (Please cite pages, frames, sections, CD-ROMs etc.)

 

  1. Would you recommend this work for another age group?

 

  1. How do you perceive students would be affected by exposure to this work?

 

  1. Are you aware of the teacher’s purpose in using this work?

 

  1. What do you suggest the school/library do about this material?


 

Signature____________________________________________   Date___________________

 

West Hartford Public Schools

West Hartford, Connecticut

Appendix A

Diversity Analysis Guide

 

[INSERT TABLE—EDIT CATEGORIES—add # if bilingual books?]

 

Appendix B

Professional Periodicals for School Library Media Specialists

 

Journal or Web Site Title

Description

Book Links


 

A quarterly supplement to Booklist, Book Links magazine is designed for teachers, youth librarians, school library media specialists, reading specialists, curriculum coordinators, and others interested in connecting children with high-quality literature-based resources.

Book Links articles provide comprehensive information on using books in the classroom, including thematic bibliographies with related discussion questions and activities, author and illustrator interviews and essays, and articles by educators on practical ways to turn children onto reading.

Booklist



 

For over 100 years Booklist magazine has helped thousands of librarians as a readers’ advisory, collection development, and professional development resource. Booklist magazine, and its quarterly supplement Book Links, deliver over 8,000+ recommended-only reviews of books, audiobooks, reference sources, video, and DVD titles each year spanning every age and genre.

Booklist Online includes a growing archive of 160,000+ reviews available to all Booklist subscribers, as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media. 

Together these resources offer in-depth coverage of the latest books, new authors, upcoming trends, curriculum standards, award-winners, and more through Top 10s, read-alikes, interviews, feature articles, and classroom activities.

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


 

This well-respected children’s review source includes annotations, grade level, range of quality, books of quality and not-recommended titles.  BCCB is the only major book reviewing periodical for children’s literature whose entire reviewing staff meets regularly, reads and discusses everyone else’s reviews for the issue.

Horn Book Magazine


 

This authoritative journal of literature for children and young adults offers in-depth reviews and articles concerning all aspects of the field of children’s books.

Horn Book Guide


 

Published in the spring and fall this guide includes brief summaries and critical reviews of hardcover children’s and young adult books published in the United States. Books are rated from outstanding to unacceptable. Several indexes provide easy access to subjects, titles, authors/illustrators, series and new editions/reissues.



 

Kirkus Reviews

Critical reviews of books for adults, children and young adults. Published on the 1st and 15th of each month in digital and print formats.

Knowledge Quest

Each issue addresses the integration of theory and practice in school library media programs and new developments in education, learning theory and relevant disciplines. Available with ALA membership.

New York Times Book Review

Reviews scholarly works, literary fiction, children’s books and pop culture. Includes not only reviews of the best books but also books that make the news.

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Book titles evaluated and selected by a Book Revie Committee appointed by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). These annotated lists focus primarily on grades K-8.

NYPL Award Winners

Each year, librarians at the New York York Public Library select  books for the following lists: Best Books for Kids, 100 Great Children’s Books, Best Books for Teens and 100 Books to Reread.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NSTA and CBC have joined forces on this bibliographic project since 1973, when the list was known as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children and was primarily targeted at grades K through 8. Beginning in 2002, the list has been expanded to include high school as well.

School Library Connection

School Library Monthly and Library Media Connection have combined to become School Library Connection. This is a new suite of online professional learning services for K-12 librarians. Includes feature articles, regular columns and on-demand professional learning.

School Library Journal

Publishes concise, evaluative reviews for books, multimedia and technology for children and teens as well as professional resources. Feature articles, columns and news provide an invaluable resource for school library media specialists.


 

Science Books & Films

Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), each issue contains critical reviews of books for children, young adults and general audiences. Annual lists of the best books and multimedia sources enhance this selection tool.

Teacher Librarian

Promotes excellence in library services for children and young adults through thought-provoking and challenging articles, columns and critical analysis of management and programming issues. Includes some book reviews in each issue.

VOYA

Voice of Youth Advocates

The leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading. Regular columns by highly-respected young adult library leaders and several feature articles appear in each issue to provide information, not only on books and reading, but also on young adult library programming, gaming, professional

development, intellectual freedom, young adult author interviews and profiles, and other topics vital to librarians serving young adults. VOYA was one of the earliest and remains one of the strongest advocates for intellectual freedom and equal access to information for teens. VOYA’s

regular YA Spaces of Your Dreams article features examples, ideas, and recommendations for designing and furnishing library spaces used by teens.







 

 

 

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