Yes... up to date resources are important. And yes... reviews are an important and effective tool for learning more about a title before purchasing it. HOWEVER, the most important thing to consider when deciding how to spend our limited funds has to be our kids. No matter what the purchase, we must be able to answer the following questions:Now read it again and sub in "church" and "congregation" where she has "school" and "kids."
This is a tall order, I know. What's more, it's hard work. But what's best for kids usually is.
- Are these resources directly aligned to my library's mission?
- Were these resources selected based on what I know about my students?
- Are these resources aligned with state and/or local curricula?
- Am I confident that they will inspire learning or ignite student passions?
- What plans do I have for how these resources will be used for teaching and learning?
- How will I know if their use is successful?
- How will I share this success?