Academic Library Experience
As part of my position with The Seattle School, I assisted in purchasing materials both through patron-driven acquisitions and by identifying gaps in the collection based on assignments in the syllabus. For instance, in Fall of 2015, a new assignment was added where students had to identify at least three primary sources on “Indigenous Healing Practices.” I identified a number of books that fit this criteria and added them to our collection.
Examples of titles on “Indigenous Healing Practices”
Public Library Experience
At The Seattle Public Library, I assisted in withdrawing both books and media items based on condition or circulation statistics information.
I also took courses in Intellectual Freedom, which discussed the policies and criteria on which selection and deselection are made.
Collection Project for Multicultural Children’s Literature (created for public libraries)
School Library Experience – Internship
As part of my internship at University Prep Academy, I undertook a collection development project focusing on India, specifically the Vedic time period. There was a new middle school history teacher who was focusing on this time period.
I utilized publisher catalogs but most of the catalogs were either for older readers (such as Cambridge University Press) or else they were focused on issues in present day India. I was not able to use any of the books I found in the publisher’s catalogs that University Prep had received.
In amazon.com I did a very broad search for “India” and then used the side limiters to obtain a reasonably sized list. I chose “Children’s Books” and then the “9-12” age range with the sub-category “History.” I also went back and chose the category “Teens” and the sub-category “Education & Reference.” I saved all possibilities in an amazon wishlist so that I could compare them.
Once I had them in my wishlist, I looked at each book to determine if it would cover the needed time frame, and if title was age appropriate to middle schoolers. Some titles did not have the “Look Inside” feature that many amazon books have, but I was able to find almost all of them in Google Books so that I could check the indexes.
I initially had about 50 books saved to my wishlist, but I narrowed it down to 13 total titles to order (see list below). Once I was able to catalog the items, I wrote up a list of the new books we had ordered, as well as helpful databases for the teacher’s classroom.
I also created a list of books that were older than 1995 to determine if they should be weeded. The list was created in the ILS by searching the keyword “India” and limiting to non-fiction and books older than 1995. It was determined that the information was still relevant for the individual titles and that the older editions of some of the books had some information that the newer edition did not keep. Although we kept all of the books, it was helpful for me to see that a strict weeding of materials older than a certain date might lead to removing items that would continue to be helpful.