Children's Collection Development Policy

  • The Children’s Collection at IUP Libraries supports the research and teaching of faculty and students from the College of Education and Communications. It is located on the second floor of Stabley Library, which is a separate location from the Libraries’ main stacks in Stapleton Library. The Children’s Collection is shelved using the Dewey Decimal Classification, which is the cataloging system that is used by school libraries.

    This collection supports teacher education students by making available children’s books that are appropriate for preschool through middle school lesson planning. As such, the collection is not established for children's use, but for the university students and faculty who are interested in education and child development. The bookshelves are over six feet tall and are designed for adults. All library users are welcome to browse, read, and check out books from the Children’s Collection; however, young children must be accompanied by an adult while visiting the collection since some titles may not be age-appropriate for their independent use.

    The Scope of the Children’s Collection

    1. Reading Level and Treatment:
      • This collection of books is appropriate for preschool through grade eight.

      • Both fiction and nonfiction works will be purchased along with textbooks.

      • All format types—alphabet books, number books, board books, chapter books, oversize story time books, etc.— can be browsed.

      • Controversial books or books that are banned at other institutions may be on the shelves. A variety of perspectives are represented. Books will not be removed because of partisan disapproval.

      • Award winners, honor books, and books from recommended bibliographies shall be considered for inclusion.

      • Books of regional or Pennsylvania interest will also be given purchase priority.

      • A limited number of reference books generally found in a school library may be collected. However, most of such items as well as selection tools and other professional literature will be housed in the main collection. Journals will be housed in the main serials area.

    2. Languages: The primary language is English. Materials used to teach foreign languages or in bilingual multicultural environments are also collected. Some literature in foreign languages is collected for use as examples.

    3. Chronology: Emphasis shall be on the most current materials. Outdated or damaged books may be replaced by newer versions or will be weeded out.

    4. Geographical: Educational materials published in the United States are emphasized. Foreign publications may be acquired on a selective basis.

    5. Diversity: Every effort shall be made to have the collection reflect diverse cultures, religions, races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, social classes, etc. and promote respect for individuals and the global community.