2021 Library Information and Technology Programs
The purpose of district library information and technology programs is to support student mastery of state standards in all subject areas. The programs will provide a broad, flexible array of services, resources and instruction.
The library information and technology programs will help all students meet the content goals in all subject areas, provide information, technology literacy instruction, and assist high school students completing the high school and beyond plans.
Additionally, library staff duties may include, but are not limited to, integrating information and technology into curriculum and instruction; providing instruction to students and staff regarding use of emerging learning technology; providing instruction to students as to appropriate use of computers and mobile devices at school; helping teachers and staff access and use information ethically; instructing students in digital citizenship; promoting a culture of reading within the school community; and providing individual support and guidance for students.
The superintendent will establish procedures for the selection of materials with the understanding that media literacy resources will consist of a balance of sources and perspectives. Citizens who wish to express a concern about specific material included in the collection may do so according to the procedures outlined in Procedure 2021P, with the understanding that the criteria and rationale for reconsideration of library resources differs from the criteria and rationale for reconsideration of classroom/curricular instructional materials.
Board Policy 2020 Course Design, Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials
RCW 28A.320.230 Instructional Materials – Instructional materials committee
RCW 28A.320.240 School Library Media Programs – Stocking of libraries – Teacher-Librarians
WAC 392-204-005, 009, 020, 025, 055 Library Media Centers
WAC 392-204-005 Purpose and authority
WAC 392-204-009 Definitions
WAC 392-204-020 School library media program
WAC 392-204-025 Services
WAC 392-204-055 Other sources
Policy & Legal News April 2005; Oct. 2007; April 2011; Dec. 2015; July 2017
REVISED: 9/25/97; 7/21/05; 12/20/07; 5/26/11; 3/24/16; 5/10/18
Procedure No. 2021P Library Information and Technology Programs
A. Library Collection Development
This procedure guides principals and library staff, as well as informs the community about the process for selecting, acquiring, evaluating and maintaining library information and technology program materials. The objective of each program is to implement, support and enrich the educational program of the district.
To best meet the unique needs of each school, the district will strive to create a library collection based upon an assessment of student and staff needs. This will be accomplished by:
- Providing resource materials, both curricular and personal for students and faculty;
- Providing materials that meet the interest, vocabulary, maturity and ability levels of all students;
- Providing a diversity of materials in the interest of achieving a balance of sources and perspectives;
- Fostering reading as a lifelong activity through pleasurable exposure to printed and digital materials; and
Including materials in the collection because of their academic, literary and/or artistic value and merit.
B. Library Materials and Electronic Resources
Library materials or digital services are those items accessible through the library information and technology program that provide support for an area of the curriculum, information for independent study, or resources for enrichment and recreational interest. Electronic resources include access to electronic documents, databases and web sites.
C. Suggestions for Acquisition:
Suggestions for acquisition or electronic resources may originate from students, parents, community members and teachers. Library information and technology staff will weigh requests, evaluate materials and select those which fulfill the needs of the instructional program. Principals and/or library staff in each school determine final selections.
1. Sources for the selection of materials include but are not limited to:
- Vendor catalogs, American Historical Fiction, Basic Book Collection for Elementary Grades, the Best in Children’s books, Children and Books, Children’s Catalog, Elementary School Library Collection, European Historical Fiction and Biography, Guide to Sources in Educational Media, Junior High School Catalog Reference Books For School Libraries, Subject Guide To Children’s Books in Print, Subject Index to Books for Intermediate Grades, Subject Index to Books for Primary Grades, and Westinghouse Learning Directory.
- Current review journals:
AASA Science Books and Films
American Film & Video Association Evaluations
Media and Methods
School Library Journal
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
2. All items selected for placement in the school library will:
- Support and be consistent with the general educational goals of the State of Washington and Yelm Community Schools and the aims and objectives of individual schools and specific courses.
- Support and be consistent with school library media and information literacy standards established by the American Association of School Librarians as well as content area standards established by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington.
- Meet high standards of quality in factual content and presentation.
- Contain appropriate subject matter for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social development of the students for whom they are selected.
- Serve the intended purpose, in both physical format and appearance for library materials.
- Help students gain an awareness of our pluralistic society.
- Motivate students and staff to examine their own duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges as participating citizens in our society, and to make informed judgments in their daily lives.
- Withstand scrutiny based on their strengths rather than be rejected for their weakness.
Clarify historical and contemporary forces by presenting and analyzing intergroup tension and conflict objectively, placing emphasis on recognizing and understanding social and economic problems.
Materials donated to the school library shall be accepted or declined in accordance with the criteria applied to the purchase of materials.
F. Collection Assessment
De-selection (weeding) of outdated and damaged materials is a natural part of the library’s life cycle and maintenance of the quality and integrity of the collection. The library/media staff will evaluate the library collection on a continuing basis in order to assure that the collection meets the mission statement and goals of the district.
G. Considerations for De-selection
- Currency – The subject matter is out of date or no longer relevant to the instructional program;
- Physical Condition – Item is worn, soiled, missing pages, antiquated in appearance or unattractive;
- Not circulating for a reasonable amount of time;
- Superseded by newer editions;
- Perpetuates cultural, ethnic, or sexual stereotypes;
- Inappropriate reading level; or
- Unneeded duplication of materials.
H. Request for Reconsideration of Library Media Materials
When a concern is expressed about library resources, the principal or library/media staff will consider both the citizen’s right to express an opinion and the principles of intellectual freedom.
1. Informal Reconsideration
Persons wishing to make a complaint regarding library resources will be asked to direct their complaint to the building principal. The principal shall attempt to resolve the issue informally by:
- Discussing the request with the complainant and listening carefully to the concerns expressed;
- Explaining why the material was selected, and how its inclusion in the collection was guided by the district collection development policy/procedure; and
- Share review sources for the item in question
- If the informal process does not resolve the matter, the complainant may submit a formal request for reconsideration of library resources. Library materials in question will remain in the collection until the process is completed and a final decision is made.
2. Formal Reconsideration
The building principal will be informed whenever a citizen asks for a Request for Reconsideration of Library/Media Materials form.
The Request for Reconsideration of Materials form, together with a copy of the challenged materials process will be furnished to the complainant by the principal.
The formal process will follow the process required by Procedure 2020P for a written request for reconsideration, with the understanding that the criteria and rationale for reconsideration of library materials differs from classroom/district adopted materials. When reviewing a challenge to library materials the Course Design and Materials Committee will:
- Examine the Request for Reconsideration form.
- Read and evaluate the book/material in question.
- Study thoroughly all materials referred and read available reviews. The general acceptance of the materials should be checked by consulting standard evaluation aids and holdings in other schools.
- Discuss the book/material in the context of the educational program and the audience for which it was selected.
- Consider the entire work, rather than extracting passages or parts. Weighing the values and faults against each other and weighing the conflicting opinions based on the materials as a whole.
- Base the final decision upon the appropriateness of the material for its intended educational use.
The decision of the Course Design and Materials Committee may be appealed by a concerned party to the board of directors, by submitting a written request to the office of the superintendent. The purpose of the board of director’s review will be to determine whether the committee applied the appropriate criteria and followed the proper process.
The superintendent will notify the concerned parties of the findings of the board’s review.
If the correct criteria and process were followed by the Course Design and Materials Committee, the decision of the committee stands. If it is determined they were not followed, the board of directors will determine the outcome of the challenge.
The decision regarding challenged materials will not be subject to reconsideration for a minimum of three years, unless there is a substantive change of circumstances as determined by the superintendent.
REVISED: 9/25/97; 5/26/11; 3/24/16; 5/10/18
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES
2000 Student Learning Goals
2004 Accountability Goals
2005 School Improvement Plans
2019 Curriculum Development
2020 Course Design, Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials
2021 Library Information and Technology Program
2022 Electronic Resources and Internet Safety
2023 Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy
2024 Online Learning
2025 Copyright Compliance
2027 District Ownership of Staff-Created Work
2029 Animals as Part of the Instructional Program
2030 Service Animals in Schools
2090 Program Evaluation
LEARNING PROGRAMS AND SUPPORTS
2100 Educational Opportunities for Military Children
2104 Federal and/or State Funded Special Instructional Programs
2106 Program Compliance
2107 Comprehensive Early Literacy Plan
2108 Learning Assistance Program
2110 Transitional Bilingual Instruction
2121 Substance Abuse Program
2125 Sexual Health Education
2126 AIDS Prevention Education
2140 Guidance and Counseling
2145 Recognition, Screening, and Response to Distress in Students
2150 Co-Curricular Program
2151 Interscholastic Athletics
2152 Extracurricular Activities
2153 Non-curriculum-Related Student Groups
2161 Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students
2162 Education of Students with Disabilities under Section 504
2165 Home or Hospital Instruction
2170 Career and Technical Education
2178 Traffic Safety Education
2190 Advanced Academic Program
2195 Academic Acceleration
2220 School Calendar
2240 Summer School
2255 Alternative Learning Experience Programs
2320 Field Trips, Excursions and Outdoor Education
2331 Controversial Issues/Guest Speakers
2333 Flag Exercises
2336 Required Observances
2337 Disability History Month
2340 Religious-Related Activities and Practices
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENTS
2409 Credit for Competency/Proficiency
2410 High School Graduation Requirements
2411 Certificate of Educational Competency
2412 Diplomas for Veterans
2413 Equivalency Credit for Career and Technical Education Courses
2414 Community Service
2418 Waiver of High School Graduation Credits
2420 Grading and Progress Reports