APPENDIX A:

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL LIBRARY QUESTIONNAIRE

Please complete the Questionnaire by October 6, 2000

If you have any questions or are unsure how to respond to a specific question please contact Dr. Ester Smith at egs@io.com

I. IDENTIFYING INFORMATION

Please identify your school by name, level, and district. Provide contact information for the individual who has prime responsibility for completing this survey.

If your school has more than one library, please provide information for one library only and record whether this library serves elementary, middle/junior high, or high school students.

1. School Name: _________________________________________________

2. District Name: _________________________________________________

3. School Level: (CIRCLE ONE ONLY)

  1. Elementary
  2. Middle/Junior High
  3. High school
  4. Combined: Elementary-Middle/Junior High
  5. Combined:Middle/Junior High and High School
  6. Combined: Elementary-Middle/Junior High-High School

4. Grade levels: (CIRCLE ALL THAT APPLY)

  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

5. Does your school have more than one library?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No (SKIP TO Q. 6)

5a. If yes, the library for which you are providing information is the library serving: (CIRCLE ONE ONLY)

  1. Elementary school
  2. Middle/Junior high
  3. High school

6. Name of Respondent: ___________________________________

7. Phone Number: ________________ Fax: _______________

E-mail: ________________

II. LIBRARY MANAGEMENT

1. What is the total seating capacity of the library ? ________

2. Do you prepare and submit a budget request to your school administration?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

3. Is there on-going communication between your library staff and your local public library?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

4. Does your library have a school board approved copyright policy?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

5. Does your library have a school board approved collection development policy?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No (SKIP TO Q. 6)

5a. If yes, does your collection development policy address: (ANSWER YES OR NO TO EACH)

 

Yes

No

Materials selection policy

1

2

Weeding policy

1

2

Reconsideration of challenged materials

1

2

6. Do you have a library policy and procedures manual?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

7. Does your school library have a summer reading program?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

8. Does your library or school work cooperatively with your local public library to promote student participation in a summer reading club at a local public library?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

9. Is your library responsible for coordinating distance learning? That is, are any lessons for students and staff development for teachers or librarians taught via television, satellite or a computer network (e.g. T-STAR) handled or coordinated through the library?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

10. Does your district have a district library coordinator? (CIRCLE ONE ONLY)

  1. Yes, full-time
  2. Yes, part-time
  3. No district library coordinator

III. LIBRARY STAFF

1. Please report the level of staffing for your library, by staff category, full-time or part-time, number of persons in each category (adding part-time and full-time persons for each category), and the total number of person hours in a typical week for each staff category. Do not report more than 40 hours per week per person. Count each person only once.

For example, if you have 3 paid professional staff, one is full-time working 40 hours a week and two are part-time working 20 hours a week each, record "1" in the Full-time column, "2" in the Part-time column; "3" in the "Number of Persons" column, and "80" (adding 40+20+20) in the "Total Number of Person Hours per Week" column.

Library Staff Categories

Number who are Full-time

Number who are Part-time

Number of Persons (head count, not FTEs)*

Total Number of Person Hours per Week

Paid professional staff

       

Paid library aides or clerical staff

       

Total (for Paid Staff)

       

Adult volunteers (per typical week)

       

Student volunteers (per typical week)

       

Total (for Volunteers)

       

* FTE refers to Full Time Equivalent

Please record in the table below the number of paid staff in your library by level of education and credentials and by the hours they work in a typical week.

Do not report more than 40 hours per week per person. Count each person only once.

Highest Education and Certification of Paid Library Staff

Number of Persons

Total Number of Person Hours per Week

Master's degree or higher with teacher and library science certification

Master's degree with teacher certification or other state credentials

Master's degree without teacher certification or other state credentials

Bachelor's degree with teacher and library science certification

Bachelor's degree with teacher certification and ExCet

Bachelor's degree without teacher certification

Less than Bachelor's degree

TOTAL (for Paid Staff)




Does the librarian with primary responsibility for this library also work regularly in another school library?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

IV. SERVICE HOURS PER TYPICAL WEEK

1. Please record the typical weekly number of hours that this school library is open for use.

Library Hours

Hours per Typical Week

Hours library is open per typical week during school hours

Hours library is open per typical week before school hours

Hours library is open per typical week after school hours

Hours library is open per typical week in the summer

V. STAFF ACTIVITIES PER TYPICAL WEEK

Library staff engages in a wide variety of activities each week. Please record (estimating, if necessary) the number of hours spent on each activity in a typical week by your paid staff.

If library staff does not engage in some activities weekly, please estimate the number of hours spent on that activity in a typical month and divide by four or estimate for a year and divide by the number of weeks per year the library is open.

Activities Performed by Paid Library Staff

Number of Person Hours per Typical Week

Learning and Teaching

Planning instructional units with teachers

Teaching cooperatively with teachers

Providing staff development to teachers or other school staff

Meetings with building or district committees/teams/task forces; i.e. curriculum, technology, planning, school improvement

Assisting individual or groups of teachers to access or utilize state-initiative information (i.e. Reading Initiative, Academics 2000)

Information Access and Delivery

Performing basic library activities (i.e. checking in and out, re-shelving, processing, retrieving)

Identifying materials for instructional units developed by teachers

Providing information skills instruction (i.e. citations, copyright, critical thinking, evaluation of online sources) to individuals or groups

Providing reading incentive activities (i.e. book talks, story times, reader's advisory services, author visits)

Program Administration

Managing library technology (computers, computer network, automation)

Administering electronic reading programs such as Accelerated Reader and Electronic Bookshelf

Managing inter-library loans

Meeting with building and district library staff

Meeting with library staff outside the district

Meeting with principal and/or other building or district administrators

Attending faculty or staff meetings

Duties unrelated to school library services (i.e. monitoring recess, lunch, restrooms, buses)

Other paid staff hours

VI. LIBRARY USE PER TYPICAL WEEK

Please record information in the table below for each of the types of library use in a typical week.

If these figures must be estimated and it is easier to estimate them for a month or year, please do so. If you estimate for a month, please divide by four. If you estimate for a year, please divide by the number of weeks your library is open annually.

Library Use in a Typical Week

Number

Number of scheduled and unscheduled visits to the school library by individuals (students, teachers, administrators, parents, other)

Number of scheduled and unscheduled visits to the school library by classes or other groups (groups of teachers, administrators, parents, or others)

Number of scheduled or unscheduled information skills instruction contacts with individuals (students, teachers, administrators)

Number of scheduled or unscheduled information skills instruction contacts with classes or groups (groups of teachers, administrators, parents, or others)

Total number of books and other materials checked out during the most recent full week

Number of materials used in the library (estimate based on re-shelving count)

Number of loans provided by library to other libraries in district

Number of loans received by library from other libraries in the district or ESC

Number of loans provided by library to other libraries outside the district

Number of loans received by library from other libraries outside the district

2. In a typical week, what percent of the classes that visit the library are:

Flexibly scheduled (e.g. scheduled for varying time periods according to need): ______%

Regularly scheduled (e.g. scheduled for previously specified times): ______%

3. In a typical week, how many hours in total do students spend online in the library? (You may estimate hours online for typical day and multiply by five)

________ hours spent online

VII. LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY

1. Please record the following information in the table below. Please distinguish between the number of computers in your school that are located in or under the supervision of your library (3rd column in table) and computers from which networked library resources may be accessed (4th column 4 in table).

Computers under the supervision of the library but not in the library may include those in a separate computer lab. These should be counted together with the computers located in the library (3rd column). Do not include non-networked library computers from which networked library resources cannot be accessed.

Computers from which networked library resources may be accessed may be located in classrooms, administrative offices, a separately administered computer lab, mini-lab, or any other school space not under the supervision of the library (4th column).

Please note. Count any computer only once to calculate the Total Number of Computers. (Line 1) However, any computer may be counted more than once for lines 2-13.

Line

Number of Computers

Number of Computers Located in or under Library Supervision

Number of Computers in School from which Networked Library Resources May be Accessed

1

Total Number of Computers

2

Number of computers with Internet connection

3

Number on a Local Area Network (LAN)

(A LAN is a network of computers linked locally, usually within one building.)

4

Number on a Wide Area Network (WAN) (A WAN is a network of computers linked over large physical distance. It may include all schools in a district, community or ESC area.)

5

With access to the school library catalog

6

With access to school library databases

7

With CD ROM drives

8

With networked access to CD ROM resources

9

Number of computers that can display text only

10

Number of computers that can display graphics (WWW)

11

Number of computers connected to a modem or equivalent

12

Number of computers connected directly or networked to a printer

13

Number of computers with any accommodations for persons with disabilities (voice synthesizer, magnified screen)




2. For the total number of computers located in or under library supervision reported in the table above (3rd column), identify the number of each of the following types.

Number of PCs by Processor Speed

Number of PCs

Number of Macs Running

Number of Macs

Pentium or higher

PowerMac or later

486

System 7

386 or lower

System 6 or earlier

TOTAL Number of PCs

TOTAL Number of Macs

3. Which one of the following represents the fastest Internet service connection speed available on any of the computers in or under library supervision? (CIRCLE ONE ONLY)

  1. None
  2. 14.4 K or less
  3. 28.8 K
  4. 56K (via dial-up)
  5. 56K (via dedicated line)
  6. ISDN
  7. T-1
  8. Other: ______________

4. Does your library have:

 

Yes

No

An automated ciculation system

1

2

An automated district wide catalog

1

2

An automated catalog accessible through the Internet

1

2

A telephone

1

2

A fax machine

1

2

A CD ROM server

1

2

A video projector

1

2

A digital camera

1

2

A satellite dish

1

2

One or more laptops

1

2

5. Does your school have a board adopted Internet access policy?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

6. Please describe your library's conditions/restrictions of student Internet access. (CIRCLE ALL THAT APPLY)

  1. No restrictions
  2. With parental permission and/or acceptable use agreement
  3. Restricted for grades: (SPECIFY) ___________________
  4. Other restrictions: ________________________________

VIII. LIBRARY COLLECTION

1. Does your library subscribe to any online licensed services, exclusive of the services associated with the Texas Library Connection (TLC)?

 

Yes

No

Online periodical services (e.g. BigChalk, H.W. Wilson)?

1

2

CD ROM services (e.g. SIRS, Newsbank)?

1

2

Other full text services (e.g. encyclopedias)?

1

2

2. Are any of your licensed online databases (TLC and others) accessible from teachers' and students' home computers?

 

Yes

No

Teachers

1

2

Students

1

2

3. Please record information on all your holdings (in or not in circulation) available for use by teachers and/or students

Collection

Number

Print volumes

Current print subscriptions to magazines

Current print subscriptions to newspapers

Electronic subscriptions (received through Internet access)

Encyclopedias and reference titles on CD ROM or laser disc

Video materials (cassettes and disks)

Computer software packages for use in school library by students

4. How many volumes did you purchase for the library in the 1999-2000 school year in total and for each of the following Dewey decimal categories?

Volumes Purchased in School Year 1999-2000

Number

Total number of volumes purchased

616/Medicine and health

629.4 Space

320/Government

5. Do libraries in your district participate in some system for the evaluation of print and non-print library resources?

  1. 1. Yes
  2. 2. No

6. Which of the following titles (in print or electronic version) are available in your school library? (CIRCLE ALL THAT APPLY AND RECORD COPYRIGHT DATE)

 

Copyright Date

1 Elementary School Library Collection

 

2 Children's Catalog

 

3 Junior High School Catalog

 

4 High School Catalog

 

7. Which of the following selection tools do you regularly use? (CIRCLE ALL THAT APPLY)

  1. Booklist
  2. Hornbook
  3. School Library Journal
  4. Publisher's Catalog
  5. Cooperative Children's Book Center publications

IX. LIBRARY OPERATING EXPENDITURES AND CAPITAL OUTLAY

1. Please report your library's expenditures, capital outlay and totals for 1999-2000, including funds from both the school budget and other sources (e.g. grants, donations, PTAs).

1999-2000 Operating Expenditures

School Budget

All Other Sources

Books as reported in budget category 12-6669

Newspapers and magazines as reported in budget category 12-6399

Electronic format materials (software,

CD ROM, laser disc)

Non-print materials (audio, video, microform)

Electronic access to information (online databases, searching, Internet access)

Other operating expenditures

TOTAL Operating Expenditures

1999-2000 Capital Outlay

School Budget

All Other Sources

Equipment (computers, CD ROM drives, VCRs)

Other capital purchases (furniture, shelving)

TOTAL Capital outlay

THANK YOU for completing the questionnaire!

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Ester Smith at e-mail at egs@io.com

Please return completed questionnaire in the accompanying postage-paid envelope to:


EGS Research & Consulting


6106 Ledge Mountain


Austin, TX 78731

 

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