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Where are the whale books? Evaluating and improving juvenile marine science collections.

TitleWhere are the whale books? Evaluating and improving juvenile marine science collections.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsWebster, JG
JournalJournal of Youth Services in Libraries
Volume11
Pagination218–229
Type of ArticleArticle
Keywordscollection development, Juvenile nonfiction, Marine science collections
AbstractThis study examined the juvenile marine science collections of ten public libraries on the Oregon coast to assess if they adequately provided children with good science books about their backyards. While most of the libraries demonstrate a strong commitment to children's services, none has evaluated their juvenile collections beyond monitoring general usage statistics and enlisting staff intuition. Describing adequacy proved difficult. Using a standard evaluation tool, a "best books" list, coupled with subject expertise, should have led to a clear assessment of the various colletions. When it did not, more work was done to discover how to use such a list and other review sources to evaluate and build adequate local collections.
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1957/314