Bluff Ridge Elementary Library
Mrs. Lawni Hamblin
Library Hours: Mon-Thur 8:45-3:30
In our library we provide an environment for learning and a love for reading. We inquire, collaborate, critically think about, and create information through the use of technology and ethical resource practices.
Library Opens Monday August 31st
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Bluff Ridge Elementary Guidelines
The school library media centers of the Davis School District exist to provide informational resources for students and teachers, assist students in developing research skills, and provide recreational reading opportunities for students. Bluff Ridge Elementary Library is part of the Davis School District’s school library system, and is governed by the school board. It serves children ages 5 through 12 and elementary school staff. The library collection includes picture books, fiction, and nonfiction. There is a selection of CDs, magazines, videotapes, DVDs, and art prints. Materials in the library offer a variety of formats to enhance the curriculum and provide for recreational reading. The Board of Education delegates authority for the selection of library materials to library media professionals.
General criteria for the selection of books
Materials selected for the library will support the district curriculum and offer a variety of subjects in various formats. They will also provide recreational reading for the school community. Materials will be selected for their accuracy, balanced views, and timeliness.
Criteria for specific book areas
Picture books, fiction, and nonfiction will include a variety of award winning literature and be age appropriate for the intended audience. Due to the high cost of repair, paperback books will only be selected when there is no other binding available. Requests from students and staff are considered valuable choices for purchase.
Donation of a book or material does not guarantee the book or material will be placed in a District library media center. Library media specialist must review potential library media center donations using the criteria for selection of purchased material.
Procedures and timelines for circulation of materials
Library books will be checked out for two weeks and then will become overdue after that time period. Once a book is overdue, the student will no longer be able to check out any new books until overdue books are returned. There will not be a fee assessed for an overdue book, just a lost and/or damaged book. Notices will be sent home by media specialist periodically for books that are overdue.
Fines and replacement of lost or damaged materials
Fines will be assessed for lost and/or damaged books. Bluff Ridge Elementary purchases materials of high library quality. Replacement books will not be accepted as they do not meet this standard of quality binding and does not include library book processing. A $2.00 processing fee is added to each library book cost to include processing materials such as the book covering and labeling.
Refunds of lost books
Refunds of books that have been lost for 30 days or more, will not be eligible for refund.
PARENTAL RESTRICTION OF INDIVIDUAL STUDENT ACCESS
The District recognizes the right of parents under state law and District Policy 11IR-107 Recognizing Constitutional Freedoms in Public Schools, to restrict their child's access to materials the parent deems inappropriate. However, no parent has the right to make that decision on behalf of other students. A parent desiring to restrict their own child's access to specific library books or materials shall submit the request in writing to the library professional at the school the child is attending. If the material is a required part of classroom curriculum activities, the parent must follow the procedures for waiver contained in 11IR-107 Section 14
Three different selection aids will be used in selecting materials for the library. Booklists prepared by professional organizations, such as The New York Times and Barnes and Noble, show the trends in demand. Publishers’ catalogs will be used to see what is new in the market. Review journals will be used to narrow down the list of possible selections. Materials selected for purchase will have at least two positive reviews and will be age appropriate for the library community. New releases that have not yet been reviewed may be purchased at the discretion of the Library Media Specialist. Media Specialist will also take into consideration the needs of our students.
Evaluation of the collection
Collection evaluation is a very important tool to help in the selection of library materials. Before new materials are selected and ordered for the library, a collection analysis will be run. Follett Library Resources has a collection management tool that will analyze the current library collection against grade-appropriate Follett Library Resources core collections. A collection statistics report will also be run using the library computer database. This report will show the circulation and age statistics. Using the data from these sources will help determine what materials should be purchased to expand the collection and cater to user demand.
Materials selected for the collection will be purchased from the Davis School District list of approved vendors. The majority of purchases will come from book jobbers or retailers, as they provide the best prices. Materials that are not available through jobbers can be purchased from a publisher, as long as they are on the Davis School District list of approved vendors. When there is an immediate need for materials, they may be purchased directly through a bookstore or online through an e-store.
Selection criteria for audiovisual and electronic formats
Videos and other audiovisual materials are important tools in the educational process. Audiovisual materials selected for the library collection will be screened for quality, age-appropriate content, and alignment to core standards. Davis School District provides audiovisual content through the Safari Montage program. Additional movies and videos purchased will be in DVD format, unless they are only available in video cassette. Audio materials will be selected in CD format, unless only available in audio cassette.
Davis School District subscribes to Pioneer Online Library Collection. Various electronic formats are available through this site. CD-ROMs and e-books will be selected to support the district curriculum and will be available for teacher and student use. E-books will be purchased in an online format that is available to multiple users. Downloadable e-books may be purchased at the discretion of the Media Specialist. All Davis School District computers are filtered and students and faculty must sign an acceptable use form before using the computers (appendix A).
Selection criteria for periodicals
Periodicals will be selected to support curriculum and recreational reading needs. Title requests from teachers and students will be considered. Periodicals will be age appropriate, represent a variety of content areas, and contain accurate information. Current issues will be on display with back issues stored for four years, then discarded. Periodicals will be circulated, and will also be available for in-library use.
In order to maintain an attractive and up-to-date collection, all materials will be evaluated for weeding. Materials may be removed from the collection for being out dated, inaccurate, damaged, duplicate, unused, or no longer part of the curriculum. Award winning or heavily circulated materials that are damaged or worn out may be replaced at the librarian’s discretion when funding is available.
Materials removed from the collection will have their barcode and spine labels removed. They will be stamped as “No longer the property of Davis School District” or “Withdrawn”. They may be sold at a book sale, donated to teachers or other organizations, or disposed of through the school trash pick-up system.
Request for reconsideration of materials
Davis School District has approved a reconsideration policy for any complaints regarding collection holdings. The policy and forms can be obtained from any Library Media Specialist or the District Library Media Supervisor.
The school library media committee exists to promote library programs, uphold and approve policies, and assist in reconsideration procedures at the school level. The committee consists of an odd number of voting members, not less than five, and may include an administrator, department chair, teacher, parent representative, and student representative only as needed. The school library media teacher or library media specialist chairs the committee.
The Library Media DESK focuses and prioritizes the reading and information literacy skills that students need to know and be able to use to help them read and research effectively in all subjects and with a variety of technologies.