SCIS catalogues curriculum-related and educational resources, as well as resources for recreational reading and literacy programs suitable for use in school libraries.
SCIS catalogues all items entirely at its discretion. Our cataloguers exercise the final say in what is selected for inclusion in the SCIS database.
We will catalogue resources that:
- are appropriate for students from pre-school to the final year of schools, (including vocational education in schools and accelerated university programs), or
- support pedagogy or teachers’ professional development, and
- are current, that is, have been published in the past 10 years.
We catalogue resources of any format, including physical books, ebooks, audiobooks, websites, apps, digital videos, kits, music scores, maps, posters and charts, DVDs and CDs.
Non-book items, as well as music scores, book sets and reader kits, must be sent physically to a SCIS cataloguing depot in order for us to catalogue them (see Where do I send items to be catalogued?).
Items SCIS does not catalogue (except under exceptional circumstances with the approval of SCIS management) include:
- Resources with content of a strong sexual nature or containing graphic violence.
- Resources that express a clear agenda or bias in relation to a controversial issue, or (at SCIS’s discretion) whose authors express such.
- Materials published for a small audience and not for general use.
- Resources with missing or insufficient publication details.
- Fragments of resources, such as: segments from television programs, chapters of books, encyclopedia articles, individual blog posts, single webpages, etc.
- Copies of resources that may cause copyright or licensing issues.
SCIS may also choose not to catalogue a resource on the grounds of the quality, currency, usability or authoritativeness of content. This is especially likely to be the case for online content.