Collection Development for School Librarians

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3 students

Collection Development for School Librarians

3 Students
NOTE:  For our e-learning training you will require a connection with camera and microphone ability.  When training, cameras are expected to be on, and when asked to respond via the chat, comments to be added.  This is to show engagement and attendance.  If there is no camera or engagement certification cannot be issued.

Programme Overview

Collection Development for School Librarians
Delivery Model Online Face to Face session
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material (if applicable).
  • AED 440 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school
Deadline booking date
Wednesday 7th February 
Training dates
Thursday 7th March 2024

1:00pm to 3:00pm UAE time
Programme breakdown
  • 2-hour online, live facilitated sessions.
  • Participant self-directed personal exercise time.
  • Opportunity to ask questions and meet other delegates via ZOOM.
Platform ZOOM
Target audience

PRIMARY and SECONDARY School librarians who have responsibility for managing collections of digital and print resources in their school library or teachers who wish to know more about developing collections for teaching, learning & wider reading.  

Aims of the course

Developing a resource collection for your library takes great skill. There are many aspects to consider and these are all constantly changing. In an age where we need to be mindful of budgets informed management, all our resources both physical and digital are key. In this course, we will learn about the challenges and how best to approach collection development in the library so we can offer a supportive stock to our school.

Intended outcomes
  • A better awareness of the dynamic nature of library collection development
  • A knowledge of how we can select resources for maximum impact on our services
  • A practical framework for developing our own collection policy that can be used to move forward following this course

Sarah Pavey

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Sarah Pavey has worked as a teacher librarian for many years, both in the independent and maintained sectors in the UK. She has published several professional books and is also a co-author of "The Innovative School Librarian". Her new publication “Playing Games in the School Library” was published in September 2021. Sarah has spoken at numerous teaching and library conferences and training events, most recently at the World Education Summit. Sarah holds a post 16 teaching certificate and is involved with the training of teachers and librarians on a regular basis in a variety of areas.

Programme details:

This course draws upon that experience looking at how school librarians can develop and manage their resource collections whether these are digital or in print form. This short course will provide a taster of how this might be achieved considering the steps to be put in place for a successful outcome. Practical advice for follow up on the content of the course will also be given


*  Times are UAE 1:00pm to 3:00pm via ZOOM.

Session 1:

Creating a policy – introduction

Why is the library service important for our school?

What do we want to achieve from our resource collections and what purpose will they serve? Who are our users and what are their wants and needs? What comprises our collections and how will our resources be used?


Session 2:

Priorities and limitations

How will we select our stock and how will be ensure that it is kept functional so we can maximise the use of our services? Considerations include weeding, languages, diversity, budgets, donations, censorship etc


Session 3:

Knowing and reflecting the subject areas of the curriculum

How to access the curriculum and choose the most appropriate library resources considering diversity in all forms. Who will we collaborate with?

How to embed wider reading and reading for pleasure across the curriculum


Session 4:

Policy implementation, evaluation and revision

Drawing up a Collection Development Policy and understanding why this needs to be a dynamic document and crafted through collaboration with others in the school community

Sarah Pavey
2 hours