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  • 1. VI.1.viii(1) September 2000 Collection Development Standards National, Regional, State The size of every school’s library collection is ultimately determined by its curricular needs. However, national, regional, and state guidelines or standards provide a starting point for discussing collection development. A summary of those guidelines is provided below: National: Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. (1998). Chicago and London: Prepared by the American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. “Principal 5 The collections of the library media program are developed and evaluated collaboratively to support the school’s curriculum and to meet the diverse learning needs of students.” (p. 90) …Developed in close collaboration with teachers and others, the program’s collections reflect the developmental, cultural, and learning needs of all the students. Evaluated and updated regularly, the collections also exhibit accepted and innovative learning theories, effective teaching practices and materials, and current scholarship in the subject areas. (p. 90) Regional: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools • Commission on Secondary and Middle Schools Proposed Standards for Accreditation 2000: http://www.sacs.org/pub/sec/Standards_for_Accreditation.htm. Library Media Services Principle: An effective school provides access to a balanced, up-to-date, and well-maintained collection of library media resources to support the curriculum. 1. The school shall provide a balanced collection of 2,000 usable library volumes or at least 10 volumes per student whichever is greater.1 2. All materials shall be catalogued using a recognized system.
  • 2. VI.1.viii(2) September 2000 3. The library shall subscribe to a minimum of 35 periodicals annually and the selection shall serve all grade levels.2 4. Library media personnel shall collaborate with other professional staff to ensure best use of resources. 5. The library media personnel shall provide training for students and professional staff. 6. The library media materials collection shall include electronic technological formats in support of the curriculum. (e.g., on-line searches, CD-ROM programs, computer software, and laser disks) 7. The school shall have a balanced inventory of instructional technology and shall provide for maintenance and replacement. 8. The school shall have a policy and procedure for responding to challenged materials. 9. The budget of the school shall include funds to provide and maintain library services and equipment to support the curriculum. 10. Students and personnel shall have access to media services, materials, and equipment. 11. The school shall have a policy that addresses Internet use. 1 Schools with enrollment in excess of 1,500 students must provide at least 15,000 usable volumes. New schools must have at least four volumes per student upon opening and meet the collection requirements within three years. 2 Periodicals available through non-print resources such as CD-ROM programs, laser disks, and Internet access can be counted toward meeting 50% of this requirement. • Commission on Elementary and Middle Schools Elementary School Standards http://www.sacs.org/pub/elem/standards/cemselem.pdf 7. Library/Media Services The school shall provide a comprehensive program of library/media services that is aligned with its beliefs, mission, and goals.
  • 3. VI.1.viii(3) September 2000 7.1 The library/media center materials’ collection includes current technological formats in support of the school’s mission and instructional program. (On-line searches, CD- ROM programs, computer software, laser disks, etc. In the absence of these there is a feasible plan for their acquisition and use.) 7.2 The library/media center’s collection of print and non-print media is current, comprehensive, and carefully selected in terms of the school’s mission and instructional program. 7.3 The book collection contains a minimum of 10 books per student or 1500 books, whichever is greater. No school is required to have more than 10,000 books. (Library books on order but not delivered may be counted as part of the requirement. No more than five copies of a title shall be counted in meeting this requirement. Books on CD-ROM can be counted in meeting this requirement.) 7.4 There is evidence that all students and staff have access to media services, materials, and equipment. 7.5 In kindergarten and early childhood centers without a central library, each classroom has a media collection appropriate to the various developmental stages and a minimum of 10 books per student, appropriate for young children. (In kindergarten and early childhood centers or schools serving students under seven, no central library/media center or librarian/media specialist is required.) • Middle School Standards http://www.sacs.org/pub/elem/standards/cemsmidd.pdf 7. Media Services The school shall provide a comprehensive program of library/media services that is aligned with its beliefs, mission, and goals. 7.1 The school provides a balanced collection of 2,000 usable library volumes or at least 10 volumes per student whichever is greater. (Schools with enrollment in excess of 1,500 students must provide at least 15,000 usable volumes. New schools must have at least four volumes per student upon
  • 4. VI.1.viii(4) September 2000 opening and meet the collection requirement within three years. Library books on order but not delivered may be counted as a part of the requirement. Books on CD-ROM or other electronic media may be counted in meeting this requirement.) 7.2 All materials are catalogued using a currently accepted system. 7.3 The library subscribes to a minimum of 35 periodicals annually and the selection serves all grade levels. (Periodicals available through non-print resources such as CD-ROM programs, laser disks, and Internet access can be counted toward meeting 50% of this requirement. 7.4 Library media personnel collaborate with other professional staff to ensure best use of resources. 7.5 The library media personnel provide training for students and professional staff. 7.6 The library media materials collection includes electronic technological formats in support of the curriculum. (e.g., on- line searches, CD-ROM programs, computer software and laser disks) 7.7 The school has a balanced inventory of instructional technology and shall provide for maintenance and replacement. 7.8 The school has a policy and procedure for responding to challenged materials. 7.9 The budget of the school includes funds to provide and maintain library services and equipment to support the curriculum. 7.10 Students and personnel have access to media services, materials, and equipment. 7.11 The school has a policy that addresses Internet use.
  • 5. VI.1.viii(5) September 2000 State: Proposed Revisions to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia. April 26, 2000. The full draft document can be viewed at: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Accountability/soa.pdf Part IV. School Instructional Program 8 VAC 20-131-190. Library Media and Equipment A. Library Media Services. Each school shall maintain an organized library media center as the resource center of the school and provide a unified program of media services and activities for students and teachers before, during, and after school. The library media center shall contain hard copy, electronic technological resources, materials and equipment that are sufficient to meet research, inquiry, and reading requirements of the instructional program and general student interest. B. Materials and Equipment. Each school shall provide a variety of materials and equipment to support the instructional program.