One of my favorite things about my job is buying books! I mean, how many jobs do you get to buy books and get paid for it?! I pride myself on having a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction to serve our population, including the students and staff.
At the beginning of each year, I put in for an open purchase order to Amazon, and each month, I purchase a set of 20 books (give or take a few) to add into our collection. At the beginning of my career, I quickly realized that I needed to be careful about what I chose because my taste in books does not necessarily coordinate with what my students and staff would want to read.
Therefore, I came up with my Collection Development Matrix!
Finally, at the bottom are two "Flex" slots to pick a second copy of something or a new release.
In addition to the title, author, and price, I also have a column for if the book has a male or female main character, if it is part of a series, and if there is a book trailer for it. Because I'm working in Google Docs, I'm able to put "Yes" if a book has a book trailer and then hyperlink it, making finding book trailers for book talks a snap!
I have found forcing myself to make sure we have a balance of male or female main characters in books can be difficult! YA fiction tends to have many more female main characters, but I'm determined to make sure I have a balance. This matrix helps me keep track of that.
Overall, this matrix was worked out well for me. We get a good balance of books every month, and it develops are collection well. If you are interested in using my matrix, you can have your own copy of the Google Doc HERE.
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University