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Key Concepts on Resource Development

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Think about who uses the library, and what their needs are. Then, you can tailor how you want the library to best serve those needs.

Foote, C. (2019). Future ready library spaces. Knowledge Quest, 47(3), 8-13.

The use of some basic instruction and a rubric for evaluation of library spaces is a great way to get people thinking about future needs for the library.

Use of personality/strengths inventories was valuable for the team’s leader to understand participants’ perspectives and how to work with them.

Librarians shouldn’t tackle the project of planning for the future of their school libraries alone, and should involve multiple stakeholders.

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Regular assessment of a library’s space and collection is important, and taking on a major overhaul is a big project. When I begin working as a school librarian, I would hope that I can take this forward-looking approach to begin assessing the workspace from day one, and to get input from the community on how to best format the library.

Librarians should consider different potential members from different academic centers. For example, in elementary school, one member per grade may be adequate, but for middle and high school, each department may need a member, irrespective of grade level.



Getting more input from stakeholders, such as faculty, could increase high-circulation materials and get better buy-in from more people.

Teske, N. (2010). Library advisory councils. Library Media Connection, 28(4), 40.

It is clearly stated here that the advisory council is just that—advisory, and the librarian has the ultimate decision-making authority. This is unfortunately changing at many libraries due to legislative changes.

I chose this article due to the massive changes to and specifically the politicization of library advisory councils in the past decade since this was published. Currently, a bill has been submitted this legislative special session that would mandate library advisory councils at every district, and they would get approval of libraries’ collections and policies. I have a feeling this was not on the radar when this article was published. In theory, community input is a wonderful and necessary thing for the sustainability of a library to serve its stakeholders. In reality, in our current anti-library climate, this can be incredibly dangerous when unqualified and ignorant members of the public are emboldened to force their ideas on a skilled and knowledgeable professional and his/her students.

Make your actions and expectations small and brief initially, like regularly searching for available grants, and starting with ideas like a book club.

Librarians should be resourceful and contact people and organizations that they know, and people like the public librarian, and network with people.

Anderson, C. (2011). Free money! Knowledge Quest, 40(2), 10-13.

This article offers a clear-eyed picture and sage advice, including not starting a grant proposal until speaking with your supervisor first.

I like the very concrete recommendations in this article, and I’ll apply the ones listed when I start work as a librarian.

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