On the afternoon of the 2nd day of my placement, the Serials Librarian described and demonstrated her role in selecting, acquiring, processing and managing the Library’s serials collection. Now, some school libraries have a large collection of magazines and periodicals across a range of subject areas but my school library only has a small range of children’s popular mini- mags, such as D-Mag. Although they are part of the collection, they have not been accessioned and they can be borrowed but this is done offline using the borrower’s name and the issue number. They have limited use and are mostly used for recreational reading during lunch times. The decision to no longer acquire these texts was based on their lack of longevity of content and durability of the format. However, after seeing some of the many options and popular serials acquired by the public library I am reconsidering this decision. Whilst the majority of serials purchased by the public library are designed to meet the broad interest of the general public, a variety of ethnicities and cultural groups, in the school setting, interests are more narrow, assisting in the selection process. Whilst wanting to continue to avoid serials with limited content longevity, serials such as Australian Mad magazine present topics of interest to the primary school audience in a graphic format that appeals to students. This is definitely worth investigating when I return to my school library.

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