collection management and development policy
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Collection Management and Development PolicyLibrary Resource CenterFranklin at Alma Elementary SchoolMesa Public Schools District
Mesa Public Schools Vision The Library Resource Centers support the students and faculty of Mesa Public Schools by providing access to materials and information which develop imaginations, guide investigations, and generate ideas. We select, acquire, and organize resources to best serve our school communities as well as provide the tools to enrich and enhance each students achievement as a 21st century learner.Franklin at Alma Mission Statement Reading is the window to the world. Promote life-long reading and learning for both pleasure and for study. Providing Franklin instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing and using information. Supporting staff in learning strategies to meet the needs of the students. Provide a quality resource collection for students and educators. Student achievement as a 21st century learner.Hide not you talents. They for use were made. Whats a sundial in the shade. Benjamin Franklin
Selection Criteria for Franklin at Alma Mesa Public Schools District establishes the Media Resource Center and curriculum budgets for each school. The Franklin Resource Center Specialist, Parent Review Committee, Curriculum Specialist, Principal and Franklin Parent Organization shall establish a materials review for all instructional and library materials. The following policy was developed in 1978 by the Mesa Governing Board and a group called the Parents Unified for Traditional Education. The (FPO), or the Franklin Parent Organization approves all literature set purchases or any new additional titles for all grade levels. The Franklin Parent Organization has an elected board of Directors, called the Parent Council. The Library Review Committee reviews all library books before they are processed. The District Governing Board Policy Manual on Collection Development is Section I, IIAC or http://www.lib.az.us/cdt/ for more information regarding district policy.
Core collection Tools Childrens Catalog Elementary School Library Collection
The school library media program is an integral part of the instructional process. As such the instructional process, the collection development is based upon the belief that all students, teacher, administrators, and support staff should have open access to all forms of information relevant to learning and teaching the curriculum. It is an ongoing process of identifying strengths and weaknesses of the library and the student needs. The following need to be researched: Assessment of the library collection through statistical analysis, selection and acquisition of materials, inventory process and weeding of the collection.
Weeding and Deselecting PolicyA good collection development plan must include weeding. The process of weeding is a key part of assessing the collection. It helps keep collections relevant, accurate and useful; and it facilitates more effective use of space in the library resource center. It can improve access and visibility for patrons giving the books the ability to breathe on the shelf.Library materials should be weeded if they: Are in poor physical condition Have not been circulated in the last five years (shelf-sitters or deadwood Are outdated in content, or unreliable for information Copyright date should be considered when books are 10 years or older Poor quality, ephemeral material or self-published, locally published materials that are mediocre in content Are biased or portray stereotypes Are inappropriate for the grade level Duplicates Are not selected in accordance with general selection criteria Patron interest is low after examining circulation status Material type / format is obsoleteRationale for weeding: deselecting is an important part of collection development so we can insure the best quality over quantity. Weeding gets rid of the materials that are in poor condition and multiple copies so the children can find the good stuff. Weeding should be done once a year by the Resource Center Specialist and should follow the MUSTIE guidelines and the suggestions by the ALA. Copyright dates of 10 years and older and last circulation date of 3 to 5 years depending on the area of the library should be considered when weeding. Reading the shelves is a good way in get to know your collection and physically inspect the collection. Running the statistics from the Destiny and Titlewise computer programs and performing a yearly inventory is beneficial in making weeding decisions.Mesa Public Schools Policy on DeselectingBooks may be weeded based on physical condition of material, out-of-date/inaccurate information or duplicate volumes. Books that have been removed from library shelves due to weeding may be offered to teachers at the school site for classroom libraries. They may also be given to other schools or donated to organizations. Remaining books can be sent to the textbook depository. A form is attached to complete the work request for pick up and labeled Library Discards. The Library Resource Center Specialist should maintain a consideration file for future purchases reflecting the schools needs based on weeding and wish lists by faculty and students. Reconsideration of Library ma