Friday, May 11, 2018

Where are the children in children’s collection?

Libraries are champions of information independence and freedom of information. This even applies to children, in which their rights are recognized. In public libraries, children have the same rights to privacy and the same ability to check out materials as any adult. However, children are not truly represented in children’s literature because these materials are made by adults and chosen by adults. Is it really the adult’s interpretation of childhood?

There is a distinct lack of involvement by minors in collection development. However, it has been shown that children prefer recommendations from siblings, friends, and other children over those of their parents, teachers, or librarians. They are active participants in literature but do not actively participate in collection development as other age groups do such as teen coalitions or adults. It may be possible to recognize the competence of children and hear their opinions. Librarians should understand that while children may not be fully independent, their collective experiences are still valuable.  

Aggleton, J. (2018). Where are the children in children’s collection? An exploration of ethical principles and practical concerns surrounding children’s participation in collection development. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship, 24(1), 1-17. Doi:10.1080/13614541.2018.1429122

1 comment:

  1. I also read this article for the additional reading assignment. This article brought up several points that I agree with and on some scale already follow. For example, we have surveys for our students to fill out for book requests and I also work with 20 high school interns that keep me up to date on young adult interests and current fads. I use this knowledge to order books throughout the year. On the other hand, I hadn’t really thought of adding children’s books written by children to the collection. This idea was so thought provoking to me and now I want to make a section in my library for children’s books written by children. I got to thinking that Eragon for example was written by Christopher Paolini at the age of 15 and if we had a collection of books written by children on display, not only will students want to check them out, they might be inspired to write their own books.