of Instructional Materials*
The selection process should
begin with the formation of a district selection policy. The
media selection policy reflects basic factors influencing the
nature and scope of collections, such as curriculum trends,
innovations in learning and availability of materials and
THE SELECTION PROCESS: Selection
of materials should be a cooperative process involving the media
staff, curriculum consultants, teachers and students. The
process of examining and evaluating materials and equipment
being considered for purchase is continuous and systematic.
1. LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST: A
leadership role must be assumed by the library media specialist.
This person is uniquely qualified by training and experience for
this role and can balance school needs with a knowledge of the
existing collection and availability of media on the market.
2. TEACHERS: Teachers
should be involved in the selection process. They know their
fields and students and are primarily responsible for student
3. STUDENTS: Individual
students can provide a valuable service by previewing, making
suggestions and actual tryouts.
4. PARENT AND COMMUNITY: It
is not recommended that parents select materials, but they
should be considered in establishing the guidelines. The
collection should reflect the economic and ethnic backgrounds of
WHERE SUITABLE TITLES CAN BE
FOUND: Materials and
equipment should be evaluated prior to purchase by use of
reliable evaluation selection tools and by firsthand examination
whenever possible. Published evaluations, including those in
reviews, recommended lists, and standard bibliographic tools are
used in selection. The following are recommended selection aids.
The most basic titles are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Booklist. American Library
Association--published bi-monthly--covers print and non-print
K-12--brief, critical reviews--reviews by editors and media
specialists--not recommended titles are omitted
Gushers & Dusters.
Oklahoma State Department of Education--recent print
publications are reviewed--reviewed by Oklahoma
librarians--contains both favorable and not recommended reviews
Horn Book Magazine.--recommended
reviews only--reviews films and recordings--excellent
articles--list Braille books
School Library Journal.
--reviews by librarians only, both favorable and
unfavorable--articles and news about librarians and related
areas--non-print reviews included
VOYA. Voice of Youth
Advocates--reviews book and audiovisual materials including
reprints and professionalmaterials--short, selected articles
Print Plus with Reviews on CD-ROM.
Software Reviews on File
permission from Oklahoma State Department of Education