Another significant learning moment while studying collection management has been that of ensuring that there is not too much overlap in terms of the information contained in the resources in the library. This was something I had not properly considered before studying teacher librarianship. I now realise that this can also be an increasingly complex task as many resources are now available in a variety of digital and print formats.
One of the significant moments of my learning journey while studying Collection Development has been that of library collection size vs. usage of materials in the collection. Prior to undertaking my studies I admit that I, like many others, judged libraries on appearance, ie. how many books in the collection and how they were displayed etc. I now, however, realise that it is also important to consider the usage of the resources and the fact that increasingly the library collection may contain many more digital resources, therefore it is difficult to simply judge a library collection based solely on visual first impressions.
In a conversation with the current TL I found it alarming that many of the print resources in the library have not been borrowed for a great length of time
It has been a long while since I have written a post but I feel it is critical to come back and update my blog to accurately track my learning journey.
I am currently undertaking a subject about collection development within school libraries. It has been both the most interesting and challenging subject so far. Interesting due to the fact that I now realise that there needs to be a solid foundation/policy to base all decisions on and challenging as the scope of such a policy is quite large, especially to someone who is currently not working in a libray.
While I am finding it challenging I also realise that it is very necessary to have a detailed understanding of this subject as it will provide the foundation for almost all my activities once I am a qualified TL.