Instructional Services

Instructional Resources for Students -- Library Media Centers

The Board of Education recognizes the important role library media centers have in supporting school programs by:

Providing materials that enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities and maturity levels of the students served.

Providing materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards.

Providing a background of information that will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.

Providing materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop under guidance, the practice of critical reading and thinking.

Providing materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contribution to our American heritage.

Placing principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to ensure a comprehensive and appropriate collection for the users of the library.

Providing materials in a format which is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

The library media center is to be viewed as an integral and indispensable part of a quality school program. It shall be a center for the learning materials necessary to support the instructional program, and to meet the needs of the students and teachers. The function of the library media center shall be to help teachers do a better job and to improve learning opportunities. The integrated curriculum of today requires a variety of instructional materials, including but not limited to, books, pictures, regalia, recordings, transcripts, slides, and all current media developed to aid learning.

In staffing, building collections and furnishinglibrary media centers, the board recognizes and accepts Missouri School Improvement Program Standards and guidelines as a minimum but will work toward American Library Association Standards.


Legal: Missouri School Improvement Program Standards
American Library Association Standards

Policy adopted: June 26, 1990

Revised: October 10, 1995

Revised: September 8, 1998

Revised: December 07, 1999


Instructional Services

Instructional Resources for Students -- Library Media Centers

The district has developed a written procedural plan for all library media centers in conjunction with the library staff, administrators, and teachers. This plan includes the district’s goal statements, program objectives, and an evaluation criteria for all library centers and resources.

Library Staffing

To help implement its basic beliefs about library media centers, the Board of Education endorses the objectives of providing qualified professional personnel to serve teachers and students, and to provide the necessary space, additional personnel, and financing to conduct this program.

In staffing library media centers, the board endorses the need for librarians to have time during the first weeks and last weeks of the school year to properly prepare the libraries for the opening and closing of school. (The unit director of library services will establish guidelines for opening and closing activities. He or She will review students’ needs annually and prepare opening and closing schedules for school librarians.)

Evaluations of librarians working out of the office of library services will be prepared by the unit director with input from local school administrators. Evaluations for librarians serving full-time at one location will be prepared by the local school administrator with input from and approval of the unit director of library services.

Library Services Division

The library services division shall be administered by a unit director who shall organize and supervise its programs and who shall be responsible to the director of teaching and learning support. The staff shall include coordinators, catalogers, elementary, middle and secondary librarians, and other auxiliary personnel as assigned by the superintendent.

The function of library services shall be the general supervision of all libraries within the school system, including the establishment of new libraries.

The office of library services is responsible for coordinating the purchase of library materials for all school libraries and for setting selection and circulation policies and following through to see that questions concerning materials are properly handled.

Student, teacher, and librarian responsibilities will conform to guidelines of the Missouri School Improvement Program Standards.

Library Scheduling

Library schedules will be designed to allow flexibility so that all may use the library. Each library is open and staffed for student and faculty use during regular school hours and before and after school. Adequate time will be allotted for the librarian's planning and administrative duties.

Classes should use the library by schedule for large group instruction, small group instruction, or for projects or individual use as assigned by teachers, after consultation with the librarian.


Legal: Missouri School Improvement Program Standard 10.1

Regulation approved: June 26, 1990

Revised: September 8, 1998

Revised: December 07, 1999

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