COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT IN SCHOOL AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES: AN ANALYSIS OF HEALTH RELATED TOPICS
The selection of resources is one of a librarian's most important responsibilities. It impacts the level of access to information that patrons have. The selection process becomes more complex when the library's mission supports a specific population, children and young adults, with distinct needs and limitations. Public and school librarians were interviewed on their perceptions of influences on the selection process emphasizing access to health related topics as defined in North Carolina's curriculum for fifth and sixth graders. In addition to responses from the interviews, a collection analysis was performed to determine the level of access afforded to patrons in the existing library collections. It was determined that the public library provides the broadest level of access across the health subject headings while school libraries provided greater depth in specific subject headings. This suggests collaboration between these libraries would provide a higher level of access to information for patrons.
Advisor:Evelyn H. Daniel
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:public libraries collection development school north carolina and library relations
Date of Publication:04/09/2004