Library and Meida Servies
collects noteworthy or course-related books written for children and young
adults. Both Newberry and Caldecott Award winning books are purchased.
Materials about children's literature, including the history of children's
literature and storytelling activities, are purchased and placed in the
main circulating collection. Reference books about children's literature
are purchased and placed in the Reference Collection.
The collection directly supports the coursework assignments of classes
in children's literature and young adult literature taught in the COllege
of Education. To the extent possible within funding constraints, the Juvenile
Collection attempts to provide users with selected award-winning fiction
and picture books and relatively current nonfiction material in selected
areas. The collection is kept separate from the rest of the circulating
collections. Except for fiction and picture books, the Juvenile Collection
is arranged by Library of Congress call number.
The collection is not intended to provide students with examples of all
newly published children's books nor to replicate what a children's collection
might look like in an elementary school or in a public library. Nor is
it intended to satisfy the needs of teachers who work with young adults
or high school students; the emphasis is on the younger reader. It is
not intended to be a comprehensive research collection in the history
of children's literature or illustration within children's books, nor
does it intend to represent more than some trends in American children's
literature. It is a highly selective collection for student teachers and
others pursuing education degrees or certification.
USER GROUPS DEFINED
- University students in education courses
- faculty teaching education courses
- University students in other courses
- children of University faculty and staff
- children of students
- children within the community of Monmouth/Independence
The needs of the secondary users will not be taken into account for selection
or weeding since they have access to the children's collection available
in public and school libraries.
DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION
Types of books included in the Juvenile Collection include:
- picture books
- activity books for children
- fiction books
- fairy tales from around the world
- folk legends from around the world
- fantasy literature
- poetry and rhymes for children
- nonfiction in all areas
- song books
- all Caldecott and Newberry Award winning books
Fictional and nonfictional treatments of disabilities and family problems
as well as other examples of contemporary concerns in children's literature
are examples of a major current emphasis in the collection.
Types of reference books about children's literature include:
- biographical sources
- book review sources
- core lists
- lists of award winners
- specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries
- plot summaries
- indexes to poetry
- historical chronologies
- guides to children's literature
The only format collected is print, in both paperbound and hard bound
The Collection Development Librarian will determine the budget for the
collection (part of the funding for purchase of humanities materials).
English is the primary language of the materials in the Juvenile Collection;
however juvenile materials in foreign languages will be purchased to support
foreign language courses and these materials will be shelved in the main
Multiple copies of Caldecott and Newberry winners will be purchased:
- one copy of the winning books for the non-circulating collection
- two copies of the winning books for the circulating collection
- one copy of the Honor Books will be purchased for the circulating
For all other titles, single copies will be the norm unless reserve requirements
suggest multiple copies.
The size of a book will not be an issue in the purchasing or shelving
of juvenile materials. There will be no separate oversize juvenile collection;
many picture books are oversize by nature. Shelving will be adjusted to
accommodate a variety of heights.
LIMITS ON THE COLLECTION
Types of material excluded from the Collection include:
• foreign language books for children (shelved separately in the
main circulating collection)
• classic fiction once considered standard children's literature
but which in this setting is more often now read by University students,
such as works by Alcott, Twain, Stevenson, and, which is shelved in the
main circulating collection
• reference material about juvenile literature is shelved in the
main Reference Book Collection
• books about children's literature and related topics are placed
in the main circulating collection
• books aimed at the secondary, high school, young adult or adolescent
readers are only selectively acquired
• science fiction, detective fiction, and popular fiction
• textbooks used in elementary school
• outdated nonfiction titles
• pop-up books
• comic books
• cloth books
• audio books
• video versions of books
• braille materials
Gifts will be added to the Juvenile Collection only if they meet the
selection criteria listed above.
SCOPE, COLLECTION LEVEL, SIZE, ACCESSIBILITY, CIRCULATION AND AVAILABILITY
Scope and Reading Level
80% of the collection is for the elementary school level; 20 % is for
the middle school and secondary school level.
Level of the Collection
The collection is not comprehensive in nature since the University has
no degree program in children's literature; the collection is selective.
While a large percentage of the collection is in picture book format,
there is no intent to be comprehensive in that area either. The only area
that it is comprehensive is the collection of all Caldecott and Newberry
Award-winning books; Honor Books are purchased if funds allow.
Location and Accessibility
The main collection is located on the 2nd floor and accessible to all
All titles in the Juvenile Collection may circulate except for the non-circulating
collection of Caldecott and Newberry Award-winning books (additional circulating
copies are available, however). The titles in the Reference Book Collection
do not generally circulate.
The Juvenile Collection, Reference Collection, and other supporting collections
are available for use during all of the hours that the Library is open.
There are no restricted or special juvenile collections.
The juvenile collection receives ongoing inventory, shelf reading, and
weeding to maintain it in the best possible condition and to meet the
demands of space limitations and the needs of the University.
Criteria for weeding materials from the collection include:
• title replaced by newer edition
• latest edition only kept of most titles, except for books in series
or those published as supplements
• age of material
• if information has been superseded by newer discoveries or techniques,
titles will be discarded