Resourcing the curriculum is all about identifying what your user needs. Be it a teacher who is preparing a lesson or a course. Throughout the degree, it has become obvious to me that a Teacher Librarian is a curriculum leader. A good understanding of the National Curriculum General Capabilities are needed in order to clearly define what your clients needs are.
I was excited by the prospect of this subject as it covered some of the “tasks” that I always knew a teacher librarian was doing. But it was evident that many libraries had no real policies to oversee the management of the collection, and no inclination to develop policies that they saw as “time consuming”. There was no evidence (Lawson 2012).
But once I started to quiz the teacher librarian’s and library technician’s on what they actually did, a policy was present, just not documented. Purcell(2010) would argue that they need to be less transparent in the way that they go about their tasks.
During the process of gathering data for the evaluation, a lot of time was spent playing with the library database in hope that I could retrieve a report that would assist me in mapping the collection or metrics on student and staff borrowings. Kennedy(2006) certainly highlights this as one reason why collection management policies are not developed. Data on how the collection is being used (or not used) can be used to justify applications for more staff or resources to support the school library.
Promoting the library and the operational happenings within the library (new purchases and weeding) should be seen as an opportunity to alter the school communities’ views of the school library. There is no such thing a lack of resources, but lack of resourcefulness!
At present, the collection is not seen a whole school responsibility. Heads of faculties are not asked to give specific feedback on the collection and it’s function within their curriculum and I find that this is a lost opportunity for the library. In addition to gathering data and reinforcing “whole school” responsibility (Debowski, 2001) it gives staff member’s ownership over the collection.
Debowski, S. (2001). Collection Management Policies. In K Dillon, J.Henri& J. McGregor (Eds). Providing more with less: collection management for school libraries(2nd ed.)n(pp. 126-136). Wagga Wagga, NSW: Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt Univeristy.
Kennedy, J (2006). Collection management : a concise introduction. Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
Lawson, M. (2012). Searching Label ETL503 [Blog] Retrieved from:
Purcell, M. (2010). All Librarians Do Is Check Out Books, Right? A Look at the Roles of a School Library Media Specialist. Library Media Specialist. November/December (p. 30 – 33).