Developing a P-12 English Language Learner Collection in an Academic Library That Reflects Its Community
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The percentage of English Language Learners (ELLs) has grown in public schools across the United States in recent decades. Curriculum materials libraries associated with teacher education programs must modify their collections to better prepare teachers for work in these increasingly diverse preschool to twelfth grade (P-12) schools. This article describes how librarians at a research institution in one of the country’s largest school districts approached a collection development project in support of young ELLs and the educators who work with them. Prior to purchasing any new materials, the librarians assessed the current collection, surveyed the literature and current practices regarding ELL collections, and researched characteristics of the local school district. Age-appropriate non-English language materials can help to support the continued development of home languages and culture, while nontraditional youth formats, including graphic novels and hi-lo books, provide ELLs with the opportunity to read developmentally appropriate materials with less text intimidation.
Collection development; Curriculum materials centers; English language learners; Graphic novels; Hi-lo; P-12
Library and Information Science
Developing a P-12 English Language Learner Collection in an Academic Library That Reflects Its Community.