ETL 503 Adapted selection criteria

The Hughes-Hassell and Mancall’s (2005, p. 46-47) learner-centred selection criteria provides a good overview that can be used to base the selection of resources in the high school I currently work at. The idea of making selection appropriate to the school clientele and purchasing, as Hughes-Hassell & Mancall state (2005, p. 43), ‘the most appropriate’ resources opposed to ‘the best’ resources is only logical. However to make this selection criteria specific to my school additions need to be included. Due to budgeting restrictions and the introduction of new technology, new criteria such as cost and format will need to be added for the selection criteria to be used in my high school library context.

Hughes-Hassell and Mancall’s set of contextualised general selection criteria (2005, p. 46-47).

Primary considerations
Criteria Questions to consider
Appropriateness Is the content appropriate for my learners?Does it match their development level? Reading level? Social development? Learning style? Ethnic or cultural background?

Will the work be of interest to my learners?

Scope What is the purpose of the work?Is the level of detail appropriate for my learners?

Does it support the school curriculum or interests of the students?

Accuracy Is the material up-to-date and accurate?Are opinions and biases, if they exist, acknowledged as such?

Does the creator of the work identify the sources used to create it?

Does the creator cite credible sources, including specialists or experts in the subject area?

Treatment Is the style of presentation appropriate for the subject matter and does it have appeal to my learners?Does the creator avoid stereotypes dealing with race, gender, age, region and socioeconomic level?

Does the resource reflect our diverse society?

Arrangement and organisation Is the information arranged and organised so that students can understand it?Is the resource organised so that students can easily locate information?
Authority What are the creator’s qualifications?How knowledgeable is the creator about the subject?

Does the creator cite credible sources, including specialists or experts in the subject area?

Has the creator published or produced other materials on this topic?

Comparison with other works How does this work compare with others in the same genre and format or on the same subject?How might my learners use this work?

How might my educators use it with students?

 Secondary considerations
 Criteria  Questions to consider
Physical quality Do physical elements such as the clarity of images, illustrations, speech and music, the consistency of navigation icons, and the legibility of typefaces or fonts support the purpose of the work and the learning styles of my learners?
 Aesthetic quality Will the work appeal to the aesthetic tastes of my learners?
Literary merit How well does the author, illustrator or producer deal with literary components such as theme, setting, character and style?
Reputation of author, illustrator or producer Do my learners use other works by this individual and would they find this title interesting and worthwhile?


Below are additional selection criteria that will need to be taken into consideration in my school context when selection resources to add to the school collection.

Additional primary considerations
 Criteria  Questions to consider
Format Is the software compatible with the school networks?Do students and teachers know how to use and access new formats?

Is the medium going to engage the learner?

 Additional Secondary considerations
Criteria Questions to consider
Cost Is it value for money?Will other items need to be sacrificed to purchase it?

Can other faculties contribute to its purchase making it more affordable?



Hughes-Hassell, Sandra; Mancall, Jaqueline C. (2005). Collection Management for Youth : Responding to the Needs of Learners. Retrieved from


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