Section 6: Administration of the School Library

6.1 Personnel                                                                                                                      School Library Guide p. 58
A well-trained and highly qualified school librarian should be the leader and administrator of the school library program. As the administrator of the library program, the school librarian should use collaboration, leadership, and technology skills to manage a 21st century library program that is comprehensive and fully integrated into the school curriculum.

Library Personnel Resources

6.2 Budget and Funding                                                                                                    School Library Guide p. 60
For a school library to have a collection that is balanced, diverse, and updated and that meets the needs of its patrons and the school’s curriculum, school librarians must have adequate, consistent, sustained funding.

Budget and Funding Resources

6.3 Copyright Information                                                                                School Library Guide p. 62
The information age has made the knowledge of copyright and fair use laws a critical issue for school librarians. 

Copyright Resources

6.4 Acceptable Use Policy                                                                                               School Library Guide p. 62
The school librarian educates the learning community about the acceptable use policy adopted by the school district which outlines the terms and conditions of Internet use, rules of online behavior, and   access privileges.  The school librarian will adhere - and lead the learning community in adherence - to the AUP set by the school district.

6.5 Information Access                                                                                                    School Library Guide p. 63
Student achievement is the objective of school library programs. The vision of school libraries is to help students attain knowledge and skills to become accomplished readers, independent learners, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers.

6.6 Assessment                                                                                                                 School Library Guide p. 64

School library services are evaluated annually by the district in two areas: 1) the performance of the school librarian in his/her duties and 2) and the scope and implementation of the school library’s services. Minimum of 3 evaluations with 2 informal and 1 formal evaluation. Feedback is required after each evaluation. A face-to-face post-conference is required after the formal evaluation which should include a discussion regarding goals, budget, and needs of the library program for the following year.

Mississippi School Librarian Growth Rubric and Descriptors
American Library Association (ALA) position statement

Optional Tools
6.7 The Evaluation of the School Library Program and Facility                             School Library Guide p. 65
An effective school library program does not happen in a vacuum.  Program success depends on the careful evaluation of pivotal aspects of the program and must be approached with the access to and the provision of the informational/instructional needs of the patrons being served.

Mississippi Library Monitoring Rubric
End-of-Year Report (Fillable PDF)
Library Audit Documentation Checklist

6.8 School Library Facility Recommendations                                                           School Library Guide p. 69
The school library facility is more than just a space. In fact, the arrangement of library space is pivotal to the success of a school library program. 

Dewey Decimal Classification - Shelving Library Materials
Dewey Decimal Poster

6.9 Long and Short Term Goals                                                                                      School Library Guide p. 72
Long term goals are broad statements describing desirable end results toward which the library will work over the long term. Short term goals are to be achieved within the school year.

Professional Growth Goals (Fillable PDF)

Reports to Help Write Goals

Library Statistics
Monthly Circulation
Yearly Inventory

6.10 Policies and Procedures Handbook                                                                    School Library Guide p. 74
The school library facility is more than just a space. In fact, the arrangement of library space is pivotal to the success of a school library program.

School Library Handbook Guide

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