LIBRARY POLICIES

Statements of Value: Library Collection Development Policies

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Library collection development policies establish the parameters of the library’s collection and describe the criteria librarians and information professionals employ to select and maintain collections of material. Ideally, library collection development policies reflect and enact the library’s mission statement and, as they do so, they serve as operationalized statements of the values of the library and the greater institution in which it might be situated. This workshop will draw from best practices literature in librarianship to walk participants through the process of developing, revising and updating a small (school, synagogue or center) library’s collection development policy. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their library’s current collection development policies to the workshop to review in the context of the workshop.

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Advocating for Your Library: What Your Board Wants to Know

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For a variety of reasons, the value of maintaining a Synagogue, Center or School Library has been called into question in recent years. While librarians are passionate about the need for a library in their institution, what information can they provide to their Board members so that fiduciary decisions can be made responsibly? This session will explore ways to define both the tangible and intangible benefits of School, Synagogue and Center Libraries in a manner that will encourage the Board of Trustees to support this crucial part of the institution.

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