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.
- In this case ‘Australia Social life and customs’
(but it could be Scarecrows – Fiction, or a Dewey search for more recent books ‘like this’)
- Then select the specific headings that are relevant to your students.
In our ‘Looking back’ example, investigate specific decade subdivisions.
- 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.