In a school with no current collection development policy, it is becoming increasingly important how vital this is to the management of the library. The collection development policy broad and public (Charles Sturt University 2014) is a basic requirement delineating publically the guiding principles/philosophy, the aims to provide a balanced collection, selection criteria and the tools used, broad areas of responsibility for the staff, and what happens when a resource is challenged. It hints at the deeper policy documents which carefully outline and guide procedures to ensure the CDP occurs smoothly.
One such CDP found online is a particularly good example in that it is clear, succinct (lots of dot points) and thorough.
The section at the end about donations is also incredibly useful, in that it harks back to the all important selection criteria.
In ALIA’s ‘Statement of Professional Conduct” #5 is interesting: “distinguishing in their actions and statements between their personal viewpoints and those of the library and information service that employs them or the Australian Library and Information Association;” (ALIA, 2014) Without a collection development policy and the essential policy documents, which would accompany it, there is a possibility of blurring between dominant voices in the library swaying elements of the collection. The individual/s would potentially fill the void. A clear CDP establishes the library in its own right, collaboratively written, agreed upon and anchored in sound pedagogy/influence of wider academic strictures.
This year I intend to write such a collection development policy – but although I will be the person to draft it, drawing on the critical information and resources found during this course, it will be a collaborative effort – discussed, debated and reviewed by all the key stakeholders in the library – principal, cross campus library staff, library technicians, subject coordinators and teachers.
The openness of this document will communicate to the wider community the rational thinking, accountability and rational nature of such an important school resource. It will also serve to promote the library.
The policy documentation which will inevitably follow will be based on this foundation and similarly vetted by a broad committee.
Participating in this course and specifically examining the areas of CDP has crystalised in my mind the crucial nature of having this guidance on paper to refer to and build from. It benefits all who use, associate and work in the library.
ALIA Statement of Professional Conduct. 2014 Retrieved 20 May 2014 https://www.alia.org.au/about-alia/policies-standards-and-guidelines/statement-professional-conduct
Charles Sturt University. 2014. Collection Management Policy (ETL503
Module 6.1 & 6.2). Retrieved May 12, 2014, from Charles Sturt
University website http://interact.csu.edu.au/portal/site/ETL503_201430_W_D/page/107347c1-3a72-453a-8091-13f98fefcf2c