The book offers models and tools that will help library staff develop and maintain collections that provide equitable access to all youth. To accomplish this goal, Hughes-Hassell demonstrates that collection managers must be confident information guides, change agents, and leaders.
Based on the latest educational theory and research, the book:
- Presents the argument for why collection management decisions and practices should focus on equity, exploring systemic inequities, educational paradigm shifts, developments in the information environment, and other factors.
- Lays out the theoretical foundation for developing and managing a library collection that facilitates learning, supports the development of multiple literacies, and provides equitable access to an increasingly diverse group of young learners.
- Uses a learner-centered and equity perspective to cover core issues and criteria such as selection and removal of materials, budgeting, and cooperation among libraries.
- Discusses how library staff can work collaboratively to create policy and negotiate budgets.
- Includes customizable tools and templates, including a stakeholder contact/SWOT analysis, decision-making model for selecting resources, and collection development analysis worksheet.