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Building an inclusive and balanced school library collection requires good planning. The cycle of tasks, including selecting, buying and removing resources, can involve your whole school community including library staff, teachers and students.


School library collections need to be thoughtfully managed.

Collections and collection management Find out how to manage your collection, using a cycle of activities that will help ensure your collection is balanced and inclusive, and responds to the teaching and learning needs of your school community.

Plan your collections

Your collection management plan This guide will help you establish a vision for your collection, and assess your collection and your school community's needs. These form a basis for developing your collection management plan.

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Building an inclusive collection Learn how to create an inclusive library collection that reflects the diversity of your school and supports teaching and learning, and why it's important.

Selecting resources

Selecting resources for your collection Learn how to develop criteria and procedures to find, choose and buy items, accept donations or handle complaints. Explore options for adding print materials and eResources to your collection.

Assess your collection

Assessing your school library collection ​Here you'll find out why, when, and how to assess your collection. This guide describes how your assessment findings feed into plans for your budget and collection planning.

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Weeding your school library collection Weeding is an important part of the collection management cycle. Our weeding guide tells you what weeding is, why, when and how to weed your school library collection, and who should be involved.