School Library Advocacy

A Guide to the Selection and Deselection of School Library Resources - 2023

Last Updated: July 31, 2023

French adaptation forthcoming.

How are resources curated for a school library? Who is in charge of the selection and removal of resources? What happens when a resource is challenged by a member of the school community?

Discover the answers to these questions and more in OSLA’s “A Guide to the Selection and Deselection of School Library Resources”.

This guide provides:

  • information, best practices, and resources to support the selection and deselection of school library learning resources. 
  • resources to help school boards navigate concerns, questions, and/or challenges related to school library materials.
Who is this guide for?
This resource is for school library professionals, educators, staff, administrators, school boards, students, and families. The guide was developed with the general public in mind, for anyone interested in understanding how resources are curated for a School Library Learning Commons (SLLC).

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