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Core Collections 

The first step in great readers’ advisory is a great collection.

Core Collections provides:

  • Impartial guidance, by experts in their fields, on the most highly recommended titles for reference, nonfiction, and fiction materials for all ages.
  • Authoritative recommendations that are vendor and publisher neutral.
  • Three levels of recommendations to help you prioritize materials for your library’s size and budget.
  • Professional materials on building and managing collections. 

Core Collections includes:

  • Children's Core Collection: the ideal collection development and curriculum support resource for anyone who works with children’s books. 
  • Graphic Novels Core Collection: especially useful as librarians build graphic novel collections. 
  • Fiction Core Collection: perfect for libraries of all sizes navigating the vast fiction market. 
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection: an essential resource for anyone who works with middle grade books. 
  • Nonfiction Core Collection: provides guidance for adult nonfiction collections, including plays and poetry.  
  • Senior High Core Collection: covers young adult books and adult books with teen appeal, making it perfect for anyone who works with young adult literature collections. 

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Why I love it

“We use Core Collections on a daily basis for our collection work from selection to weeding to help us balance demand and collection depth against budget constraints. Alerts help staff to get the information they need for their selection needs and recommendation levels make it easy for us to judge which titles should get extra copies if we have money at the end of the year.”
Dianne Coan, Fairfax County Public Library