Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Proposed New School Library and Media Center Standards

Note: This will be presented in a forum/public hearing which will be held on October 10, 2007 Wednesday at the National Library Auditorium at 9:00 A.M.

Standard I. Mission, Goals and Objectives

A. Clearly defined goals and objectives for the school library media center shall be established in terms of the philosophy, goals and objectives of the school.

B. A set of policies, procedures, rules, and regulations shall be formulated to ensure consistency in the operation of services.

C. A written Manual of Operation as well as Student/Faculty Guides shall be maintained and continuously updated to serve as guide to the staff in the implementation of tasks and to the users in the utilization of services.

Standard II. Administration

A. A unified program integrating library and audiovisual programs under the leadership of a qualified and competent professional is recommended.

B. Where there are two or more professional librarians, one is appointed as the head to oversee the smooth implementation of services as well as the supervision of personnel.

C. The school library media center shall be regularly evaluated in terms of its services, personnel and resources, not only by the students but also by the faculty.

Standard III. Human Resources

A. The school library media center shall be appropriately staffed by full time licensed librarians and trained clerical support, the number of which is proportionate to student population.

1. Size

For an enrollment of 500 or less – 1 full time librarian + 1 support staff

For an enrollment of 1,000 - 1 full time head librarian/media specialist, 1 full time librarian/media specialist + 2 support staff

For an enrollment of 2,00 - 1 full time head librarian/media specialist, 2 full time librarian/media specialist, + 4 support staff

Note : There shall be an additional librarian and two additional support staff for every additional one thousand enrollment.

2. Qualifications

2.1 Professional Librarian – BSE / BSEEd., major or minor in Library Science, or BLS/BLIS graduate - certified by BFL (or licensed)

Note : The head librarian/media specialist must have graduate units in Library and Information Science (LIS) or related field (e.g. MA, major in Educational Technology), and 5 years experience in the library.

2.2 Library Assistant – College/ secretarial graduate

2.3 Audiovisual Technician – 2 year course in Electronics

B. The professional/licensed librarian shall be given a faculty status, enjoying the same benefits as those of the teaching faculty.

C. Participation in seminar-workshops, conferences and other continuing professional education activities shall be encouraged and subsidized.

Standard IV. Collection Development

A. Collection Development

1. The school library media center shall acquire print, non-print and electronic materials as well as equipment that will support and reinforce the curriculum and meet the needs, abilities and interests of the users.

2. These materials shall be current and in good condition and must reflect an appropriate balance among all types of resources (see Recommended Annual Growth Rate in the Appendix A).

3.The school library media center shall maintain a local history collection composed of materials about the school community, its history, programs, people, etc.

4. The librarian/media specialist, in coordination with the faculty, shall be responsible for the selection and acquisition of all materials based on a written Collection Development Plan.

5. The recommended size of the various collections for an enrollment of less than 1000 students are as follows :

5.1 A basic collection of 3,000 book titles for the elementary level and 5,000 titles for the secondary level is necessary to support the curricular offerings of the school;

5.2 Twenty percent (20%) of the total collection shall be published within the last ten (10) years;

5.3 A basic subscription to 15 titles of general interest magazines and 10 titles of professional journals;

5.4 A basic subscription to 3 titles of newspapers on national coverage and 1 title with local news coverage;

5.5 An updated collection of pamphlets, clippings, government documents, vocational information and other materials appropriate to the curriculum and interest of students shall be provided;

5.6 A starting collection of non-print materials on various formats as follows :

1 map for each
geographic region and 1 special map (i.e. economic, weather, political, historical, etc.) for each type being studied. The number of duplicates will be determined
by the number of sections that will be using the map at the same time.

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100 titles of video recordings on different subject areas

200 titles of sound recordings on different types of music

15 titles of slide sets

25 titles of transparency sets

50 titles of electronic resources (e.g. CD-ROMs, audio books, etc.)

an acquisition of 1000 pieces representing pictures, charts,
study prints,
photographs and other
types of graphic

5.7 A variety of audiovisual equipment available in amounts adequate to serve the instructional program of the school.

B. Selection and Organization
1.Book selection shall be a shared responsibility among the librarians, teachers and administrators;

2. Basic policies for the selection of printed and non-printed materials shall be formally and clearly formulated;

3. All print and non-print materials and equipment shall be properly organized, stored, and displayed following standard rules and procedures for easy retrieval and dissemination;

4. An inventory and weeding of the collection shall be conducted regularly.

C. Preservation and Security
The school library media center shall have a program for the care and preservation of all its collection. It should also have an adequate safeguards against loss, mutilation, and theft.

Standard V. Services and Utilization

A. The school library media center shall be open before, during and after classes to meet the needs of the clientele and maximize the use of library resources, facilities and services.

B. Announcements of acquisition and other promotional activities shall be
made periodically.

C. Coordination with the faculty shall be done to promote effective use of the school library media center.

D. Instruction on the effective use of the library media center and on various information sources shall be given to the students as well as to the faculty.

E. The school library media center shall be available for use by individual students and by class groups throughout the school day. Flexible scheduling enables the teacher to bring his class to the library at the times best suited for the purpose of class supervised research.

Standard VI. Physical Facilities

A. The school library media center shall be housed in a barrier-free and flexible facility, and that can accommodate a seating capacity of 10 % of the total student population.

B. The library shall provide a storage space for the print collection, a reading area, a workroom and a store room, an office for the head librarian/media center coordinator, as well as a space for formal library instruction.

C. In schools where the library is also a media center, space shall be provided for listening and viewing, as well as for the storage, distribution and repair of audiovisual materials and equipment.

D. The school library media center shall be appropriately equipped with attractive and, at the same time, functional furniture to make it inviting to young users.

Standard VII. Information Technology Facilities and Services

The school library and media center shall have facilities for information technology and communication services.

Standard VIII. Financial Resources

A. The school shall provide adequate funds for staffing and sufficient funds to acquire resources and supplies in support of the school library media center programs.

B. To sustain the library’s growth and development, a library/AV fee shall be collected, reviewed periodically and updated whenever necessary.

C. Funds shall be administered by the librarians and apportioned according to the needs of the school curriculum.

D. Funds shall be budgeted for staff development; investment in new and improved means of information access and delivery shall also be allocated.

Standard IX. Linkages and Networking

A. The school library media center shall participate in resource sharing networks in order to increase the opportunities to intensify the
collection and services.

B. The school library media center shall establish linkages with other resource centers in the vicinity/community (e.g. barangay, public and special libraries) and refer students to their collections.

Committee Chairs and Members

Chair: Dr. Maria Arcilla Orendain
Co-Chair: Ms. Elizabeth Peralejo
Ms. Leonila Galvezjavascript:void(0)
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Ms. Myrna Linsangan
Ms. Teresita Santos

NOTE: Ms. Susima L.
Gonzales participated in all committee meetings representing PLAI.

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