Stock Quality Health Check list: Junior and YA fiction suggestions needed

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: Reader's Advisory, Reference | Tags: |

Remember when some of us contributed Adult Fiction titles to the first phase of Stock Quality Health list? The next phase is now on and it covers Children and YA Fiction. The State Library is asking for contributions from public librarians.

They need lots of suggestions, including lots of genres, new titles, old titles, and many other areas as well.  Keep in mind that this is an indicative list. This will lead to a tool for public libraries to use to assess their own collections, not a means for comparing different public libraries as results will not be made public to other libraries.

 What do you need to do? 

Go to the wiki: and add your suggestions on each of the pages. If you are not already a writer on the wiki, join the wiki and ask to be a writer.  The final list of 500 will be decided at a meeting in July, so you have all of June to make your suggestions. The July meeting will comprise the Stock Quality Health Check project team as well as some additional experts.  There will be a call for participants in this meeting.

What happens when we have a list? This is the next stage of the project, so watch out for the next update.

Please contact Ellen Forsyth at the State Library with any questions about this. Ellen Forsyth, Consultant, Public Library Services, State Library of New South Wales, T: 9273 1525, E:

Background to the project: the Stock Quality Health Check is a practical tool which enables public libraries to undertake an assessment of the relevance, depth and range of collection stock in relation to the communities they serve. Read more from the State Library website here.


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