ALA Collection Development Resources Page
A workbook for Selection Policy Writing This page explains WHY each library needs a policy, in addition to information that is pertinent to building a policy.
American Library Association Strategic Directions
The Collection Program in Schools has a Collection Development Policy Analysis Evaluation Guide (Mardis, 2016, p. 56)
Criterion 1 Introduction, Goals, and Philosophy
Workbook for Selection Policy Writing This covers why a policy is needed, basic components of a selection policy and information about each of the following criterion.
Library Bill of Rights according to ALA
Freedom to Read Statement by NCTE
Freedom to View Statement by ALA and Statement by the American Film and Video Association.
Criterion 2 Responsibility for Selection
Criterion 3 General and Specific Criteria
Selection criteria should consider these items:
*Authority– What is the credibility of the source?
*Appropriateness– is it age and level appropriate for the intended user?
*Scope– What is the purpose and depth of coverage of the material?
*Authenticity– Are facts distinguished from opinion? Are the facts given accurate and up to date?
*Treatment- Is the presentation free of bias? Does the material reflect our multicultural society? Are the illustrations helpful and necessary to present this material?
* Arrangement and Organization-Is the information presented in a clear, logical manner?
*Instructional Design– Does the material encourage problem solving and creativity? Does it promote the understanding of ideas? Do the users have the necessary capabilities?
*Special Features- Are there unique features that are absent from other resources on the same topic?
*Materials Available on the Subject– Is the topic a newly discovered one? Does it help cover a topic within the curriculum that is not already covered by your collection?
Other Practical considerations- Physical form? Technical Quality? Aesthetic Quality? Durability? Safety and health considerations? Cost?
(Mardis, 2016, p.75-80)
Criterion 4 Position on Intellectual Freedom
ALA Intellectual Freedom Resources
Criterion 5 Special Areas
Criterion 6 Reconsideration of Materials
For Weeding CREW Method (a 150-page document explaining this)
Criterion 7 Selection Procedures
Criterion 8 Other
Criterion 9 Recommendations
Here is a link to a Collection Development Analysis Project I did in September 2018.
Here is a list of Multicultural Awards.
TLA Awards This page includes the Lone Star Awards, Bluebonnet Awards, Topaz Award and several more. I must confess that Lone Star Award lists are my favorite!