Throwing together a library collection for a small community may seem, at first glance, like a simple task. Pick up the classics, whatever’s hot at the moment, and a hefty stack of reference books. Right?
Wrong. Building a useful library collection is tough — even under the best of circumstances. Add to that the challenges of budget, transportation, language, and organization, and you’ve got yourself a real undertaking. Not to mention the need to constantly maintain the quality of the collection, which is an exercise in pruning and buying, weeding and purchasing, on and on and on. And on.
It was with these challenges in mind that I set about outlining recommendations for a burgeoning library in Costa Rica. Dependent on donated books and limited by the logistical constraints of back-country living, this library will not come together easily. Nevertheless, with enough planning and determination, anything is possible, and I hope to hear their success stories soon.
Click the link to see my list of recommendations for the Rancho Mastatal Library.