SCIS as selection aid

Next term our grade 2s will be studying Looking back: how and why things have changed over time?
The teachers already have come knocking to borrow books on these topics. Our library doesn’t have  much on this, and I would love to get some more resources for our library. (Ozge, Library Manager, Melbourne)

This is where SCIS OPAC becomes a valuable selection and collection building tool.

Screen shots of SCIS OPAC produced by permission of Ex Libris

Browse or Search by Subject for the topic you need to find resources for.

  1. In this case ‘Australia Social life and customs’
    (but it could be Scarecrows – Fiction, or a Dewey search for more recent books ‘like this’)
  2. Then select the specific headings that are relevant to your students.
    In our ‘Looking back’ example, investigate specific decade subdivisions.
  3. If you sort the results by Published date (most recent first) you will find titles that are more likely to be available from your regular suppliers.
    **Of course, you will still need to evaluate these resources against your specific collection policy and school requirements. SCIS catalogues resources held in a large number of school libraries, and not all of these will be relevant or appropriate to your school.
Screenshots produced by permission of Ex Libris, based on Voyager
Screenshots of SCIS OPAC produced by permission of Ex Libris