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Hey folks,
here is the list <a very long list> ... in fact, I think I'll break it
into two parts. . . of all the wonderful responses I received
from my request for assistance as a rookie.
You're all invited to my house for pizza on Friday night...

Date: Sun, 11 Aug 1996 23:29:28 -0500 (CDT)
From: Linda Sue York <lsyork@tenet.edu>

My favorite collection development tools for elementary level are the
Children"s Catalog(Wilson), School Library Journal, Horn Book, Booklist,
The Best of the Best(a British publication). Linda York


Date: Sun, 11 Aug 1996 23:47:39 -0500
From: csmall1@isd.net (Colleen Small)

When studying the Dewey Decimal system, I review with Dewey Bingo.  I put
DEWEY across the top of the card and put misc. numbers such 500, 900, on
the columns below.  When playing, I call off D - History and Geography.
The children then refer to book marks with the dewey catagories and put a
marker over that box.  It is a great review and the kid's love it.  By the
end of the game, they hardly refer to the book mark.

Colleen Small
Media Specialist
Groveland Elementary
Wayzata, Minnesota


Date: Sun, 11 Aug 1996 21:53:49 -0700
From: ghodur@redshift.com (Gayle Hodur)

Earl, the H.W. Wilson catalog is probably the standard for collection
development. I also use the award lists and ask students what they would
like to have that they aren't finding (you have to take this with a grain
of salt--I got requests for Lowrider magazine and some other stuff that I
refuse to spend money on.) Also ask teachers what books to support their
units they would like to see that you don't currently have. I keep a "Wish
List" in a binder on the circ. desk and make a point of letting them see
that I write in their suggestion when they make it. At least they know that
I have a list and use it when possible. I do this for both students and

Gayle Hodur


Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 06:21:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Frances D. Aley" <fdaley@saturn.caps.maine.edu>

Earl:ALA has a very useful book  _Collection Analysis for the School
Library Media Center_ by Carol Doll and Pamela Barron ISBN 0-8389-3390-4
I've found it helpful for working on our collection.

web page address--http://www.biddeford.com/~fdaley
fdaley@saturn.caps.maine.edu    Boothbay Harbor, ME.04538
Teaching lifelong learning through the power of information!


Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 18:09:48 -0500 (CDT)
From: Donna S Cook <dsc@tenet.edu>

Earl, I cannot do without the Elementary School Library Collection.  The
latest edition came out last spring, and it costs about $125.00, but it
is worth EVERY penny.  It lists by title, author, subject, and type every
item that should be in an elementary collection.  Each listing has
annotations, levels, CIP, and subject headings.  But the most wonderful
part of all is that each item is graded as 1,2,or 3.  A 1 is essential to
a library collection.  A 2 is good to have. And a 3 is nice to have.  I
buy the ESLC when I get a new elementary library (I've had 4) and then I
just start evaluating what is there against the ESLC and listing what I
need to add as the ESLC recommends.  This books is sold by Brodart.
Their 800 number is available through 1-800 information, I expect.  If
you need me to, I can e-mail it to you.


Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 19:20:11 -0400
From: AliceInfo@aol.com

congrats on your new job!
Collection Development:  you need the following basic tools to guide you:
1.  *Elementary School Library Collection* from Brodart.
2.  *Children's Catalog* from H.W. Wilson
3.  *Books Kids Will Sit Still For* and *More Books Kids Will Sit Still For*,
both by Judy Freeman, available from Bowker.

Also: check with the NC dept of Instruction (your principal should have
contact info) for any recommended core collection standards.
<Earl inserts: your own state board of education if you don't happen
to live in "God's Country" - well, why else would they call the color
of the sky "Carolina Blue"?>

You also really need the *Elementary School Librarian's Desk Reference,
Library Skills and Management Guide*, published by Linworth, and compiled by
me.  It's out of print now (I'm working on the revision, to be published in
'97), but I may still have an extra copy around.  If I send it to you, can I
then pick your brains on what should be included in the revision?     It
originally sold for $35. (200 page looseleaf), so if you want it, send me $10
to cover postage and handling (and an address to send it to) and I'll get it
into the mail for you.  OR, see if someone in another local school has a copy
you can borrow.



Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 21:08:52 -0400 (EDT)
From: Fisher-Mitchell Library <fmlib@biddeford.com>

Check the archives for a hit from Karen Agecoutay on Aug. 1, titled "HIT:
new ideas".  Some are good for 5-6th graders.  If you can't find it,
email me directly and I'll try to figure out how to forward.

Cathy Moore


Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 20:29:39 -0500 (CDT)
From: Patricia Lee Wassink <wassinpl@uwec.edu>

My favorite selection tool for retrospective titles is the Elementary
School Library Collection published by Brodart.  It is updated every 2
years, and I always order the new one.

Pat Wassink
Colfax Elementary School
601 University Ave.
Colfax, WI 54730


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