How the collection can be continually evaluated

The evaluation of any library collection should be based upon how well the collection serves the needs of its users. It should take into account the goals and objectives of the library program. There should be a section on who evaluates the collection, what types of evaluation measures are used and when evaluation takes place. (Bishop, 2007) With an active P&C, Primary School would require some kind of evaluation of the collection especially if the TL were to apply for funds to expand a particular part of the collection.

Methods for evaluating a collection can be quantitative or qualitative. Quantitative methods are more objective and look at statistical data, such as cost, age and circulation. This can be used in a report if required and provides evidence based evaluation. Qualitative methods are much more time intensive and look at who is using the resource and how much they are using them. These methods could be carried out one section at a time alongside a curriculum mapping document.   

It is recommended in the manual for developing policies and procedures in Australian school library resource centres (ASLA, 2012) that some form of stocktaking is carried out annually. This can not only be an essential tool in planning future collections, but can indicate losses and help to identify collection strengths and weaknesses.

ASLA. (2012) A manual for developing policies and procedures in Australian school library resource centres. Retrieved from http://www.asla.org.au/policy/policy-development-manual.aspx

Bishop, K. (2007). Evaluation of the collection. In  The collection program in schools : concepts, practices and information sources  (4th ed.) (pp. 141-159). Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited.

 

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