Vision

The media center strives to be the foundation for all academic programs at the school by providing resources and services that support the curriculum. The personal interests and needs of our students are also of great importance because we want to encourage both their academic and personal growth.

 

Mission

The mission of the Rome High School media program is "to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information; students are empowered to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information."

The media center program is guided by the policies outlined in the ALA Library Bill of Rights.

 

Policies

The Rome High School media program adheres to "policies, procedures, and guidelines that support equitable access to ideas and information throughout the school community."

Retrieved from: Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs

 

Selection Policy

The objective of the Rome High School media program selection process is to ensure that the collection encompasses a wide range of materials, including print, non-print, and electronic resources that will support the curriculum and also meet the needs and interests of the entire school community (ALA, 1999).

 

Media Committee

 

Selection Process Procedures

  1. The school library media specialist (SLMS) will conduct an analysis of the library collection to determine materials that need to be removed or replaced due to low circulation, outdated information, and/or the poor condition of the resource.

  2. The SLMS will map the collection to ensure that an adequate number of resource materials fulfill curriculum needs and meet the annual goals of the media center.

  3. The SLMS may use, but is not limited to, the following professional aids to select materials: reviews from professional journals, TITLEWAVE, textbook guides, resource guides, and award book lists.

  4. The SLMS will request and take into consideration recommendations from teachers, principals, school staff, students, parents, and community members.

  5. The SLMS may review books and materials to ensure that they meet the guidelines for material selection, established by the SLMS and the Media Committee.

  6. The SLMS will make a master list of titles and total estimated cost.

  7. The Media Committee will review the list of materials selected by the SLMS and the projected cost for materials. They will provide feedback on the selections.

  8. If a conflict occurs, the Media Committee will have the opportunity to discuss the concern(s). If the majority of the committee rejects a proposed resource, it will be removed from the purchase list.

  9. After approval is obtained from the Media Committee the SLMS will create a purchase order for the materials.

 

Weeding Guidelines

In order to maintain the quality of the collection it is essential to apply weeding principles. Weeding will ensure that the collection contains accurate, current, and relevant materials. The collection of materials which is appealing in content as well as appearance will result in greater utilization of resources.

Materials eligible for removal:

  • Worn and damaged titles

  • Damaged/missing pages, cover, binding

  • Encyclopedias should be considered for weeding at least every five years

  • Duplicate titles

  • All unnecessary duplicates not circulating

Other Criteria:

  • Outdated and inaccurate materials

  • Poorly written materials or improved editions

  • Materials no longer appropriate for reading/interest level of current student body

  • Materials no longer in demand or which do not support the curriculum

  • Materials that are condescending, stereotyping, patronizing or biased

  • Materials which have not circulated in three to five years