There are multiple types of resources that a school library should provide for the school and community. (Braxton, 2013)
(a) Non-fiction – this collection includes reference and information books as well as others. The best way to note what physical non-fiction is needed is by curriculum mapping, seeing what parts of the curriculum are well resourced and what parts are not. These can be both physical and digital resources. Recommendations from sources such as OZTL_NET (School of information Studies, Charles Sturt University, 2012), SCIS (Education Services Australia, 2013) can be used if the school pays for a subscription. One area the school needs to look into is foreign language fiction. As there are a high number of students with another language background the school is not catering to these students.
(b) Fiction – this collection involves picture books, readers, comics, eBooks and novels. Discussions need to take place with teachers as to the fiction they would like available for their class. Selection can also be based upon users’ needs, recommendations from sources such as OZTL_NET (School of information Studies, Charles Sturt University, 2012), SCIS (Education Services Australia, 2013) and other professional networks, lists of literary awards, Premier’s reading Challenge books, student requests and reviews in journals such as Goodreads (Goodreads Inc. 2014), Inside a Dog (State Library of Victoria, 2014) and Magpies (Magpies Magazine, 2014). Fiction includes both the physical books as well as digital resources.
(c) Audio Formats – includes music and audio books. There may also be accompanying teacher’s notes if available.
(d) Charts – pictures, posters, maps, visual how-to guides and study prints
(e) Games – board games, educational games, flash cards and cards.
(f) Models – scientific 3D models, experiment resources, aids for classroom teaching, dress-ups for language studies.
(g) DVDs – curriculum appropriate documentaries, entertainment shows or movies, taped television series and filmed classroom activities for both students and teachers.
(h) Online and electronic resources – can comprise of various formats including Digital resources can include internet sites, databases, Web 2.0 technologies, interactive learning technologies, Apps and eBooks.
Education Services Australia. (2013) Schools catalogue information service. Retrieved from http://www2.curriculum.edu.au/scis/home.html
Goodreads Inc. (2014) Goodreads. Retrieved from https://www.goodreads.com/
Magpies Magazine. (2014) The journals. Retrieved from http://www.magpies.net.au/magpies/public/?MIval=m_pages&pagename=MCI
School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. (2012). Australian teacher librarian network. Retrieved from http://oztlnet.com/
State Library of Victoria. (2014) Inside a dog. Retrieved from http://www.insideadog.com.au/