How does your school's library check out?

A quality school library is kid-friendly and kid-focused!

Access is provided on a flexible schedule so that learning takes place continuously and when needed.

Collaboration takes place between classroom teachers and library staff.

Hours of access are provided before, during and after school.

It's the hub of the school.

Enough professional and technical staff are on hand to meet the needs of the students.

Varied collection that reflects the curriculum and society in general.

Energetic, inviting library atmosphere creating a learning laboratory that includes: a reference area; a storytelling/booktalking area; an instruction area.

Multiple, up-to-date technologies supporting: Internet access; automated circulation and catalog; multimedia production capabilities; access to an area for group instruction in technology.

Enthusiastic, kid-loving librarian who encourages and supports reading and learning.

New books and other print materials of a wide variety that encourage and support reading and learning.

Teacher-Librarians who: teach the information process; understand the uses of technology; select and use a wide variety of materials; work in partnership with classroom teachers to utilize materials, information and information technology.

~ Belinda Boon, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, 1997

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