Counting on What We Have: Evaluating School Library Collections

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Have we lost our ability to count? As school library collections become increasingly digital and less visible, school librarians will need to find new ways to evaluate their collections and demonstrate their value to stakeholders. Shelves bulging with books were never a clear measure of student access to those books and the ideas and information they contained. Today’s resources require new technologies and kinds of infrastructure that need to be counted along with the numbers of titles. The Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offer a vision of learners as creators not just consumers of information and ideas and suggest the need for new kinds of collections and new measures of quality. Join us as we discuss collection mapping and output measures for school libraries related to today’s learning contexts.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will explore issues related to access as a measure of a collection including student differences, technology, and infrastructure.
  • Participants will encounter various measures for measuring collections including collection mapping and output measures.
  • Participants will apply output measures to multiples kinds of material and digital collections.

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


sue c kimmel

Sue C. Kimmel is an assistant professor at Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her previous experience includes working as a book reviewer, a bibliographer, and almost 20 years as a building-level school librarian. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and MSLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An AASL member since 1987, Sue is currently Chair of the Research and Statistics Committee and a member of the Knowledge Quest Editorial Board. She is National Board Certified in School Library Media.





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