January 24, 2022

Research Article: “A Content Analysis of District School Library Selection Policies in the United States”

The article linked below was recently published by School Library Research


A Content Analysis of District School Library Selection Policies in the United States


Dr. April M. Dawkins
Assistant Professor, UNC Greensboro, Department of Library and Information Science, Greensboro, NC

Emily C. Eidson, MLIS
School Library Media Coordinator, Ledford Middle School, Davidson
County Schools


Volume 24, 2021


Selection policies are practical tools used by school librarians to guide them in their collection development plans. This investigation into district-level selection policies examined policies from 80 school districts across the United States. The policies were examined to determine the status of selection policies in school libraries and if the policies reflect the recommendations of professional literature. Through content analysis, we determined that most of the school library selection policies included at least half of the expected key components. However, there is a need
for school librarians to advocate for revision of policies to keep them current and provide effective guidance for school librarians as they make selections for their collections.

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27 pages; PDF.

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