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Lawndale ESD |  BP  6163.1  Instruction

Library Media Centers   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes that school library media centers play a vital role in education by providing access to a variety of informational and supplemental resources that can help raise the academic achievement of all students. The Board desires to provide comprehensive library media centers with up-to-date books, reference materials and electronic resources necessary to promote literacy, support a high-quality standards-aligned instructional program, and prepare students to become lifelong learners. The Board encourages classroom teachers and library media staff to collaborate in developing resource-based learning activities that promote advanced thinking skills and enable students to become independent learners.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 1330.1 - Joint Use Agreements)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

(cf. 7110 - Facilities Master Plan)

The Superintendent or designee may, in consultation with teacher librarians, classified library staff, classroom teachers, administrators, parents/guardians, and students as appropriate, develop and regularly update a plan for school libraries that describes the district's goals for school libraries and how funds will be distributed to school sites to support libraries. As appropriate, the plan may also address staffing, facilities, selection and evaluation of materials, the development and maintenance of classroom libraries, prevention of loss or damage of library materials, prioritization of needs, and other related matters. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the library plan is aligned with the district's local control and accountability plan and other district and school plans.

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0400 - Comprehensive Plans)

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts)

(cf. 6161.2 - Damaged or Lost Instructional Materials)

The Board expects school library media centers to nurture intellectual growth by providing:

1. Materials that take into consideration students' varied interests, abilities, maturity levels and learning styles

2. Materials that foster knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and ethical standards

3. Information that enables students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives and learn, with guidance, how to analyze and think critically about what they read

4. Materials that realistically depict our pluralistic society and reflect the contributions of its various religious, ethnic and cultural groups

The Board encourages students and staff to request materials which they would like added to library media center collections.


To staff school libraries, the district may employ one or more teacher librarians who possess appropriate credentials issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. (Education Code 18120, 44868; 5 CCR 80024.6, 80053) The district may also employ classified paraprofessionals to provide library services.

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4113 - Assignment)

If the district employs teacher librarians, the Superintendent or designee may assign teacher librarians to perform the following duties in accordance with the authorizations of their credential: (5 CCR 80053, 80053.1)

1. Instruct students in accessing, evaluating, using, and integrating information and resources in the library program and/or provide departmentalized instruction in information literacy, digital literacy, and digital citizenship

2. Plan and coordinate school library programs with the district's instructional programs through collaboration with teachers

3. Select materials for school and district libraries

4. Develop and deliver staff development programs for school library services

5. Coordinate or supervise library programs at the school or district level

6. Plan and conduct a course of instruction for students who assist in the operation of school libraries

7. Supervise classified personnel assigned school library duties

8. Develop procedures for and management of the school and district libraries

Hours of Operation

School libraries shall be open for use by students and teachers during the school day. (Education Code 18103)

With the approval of the Board, a school library may be open at other hours outside the school day, including evenings and Saturdays. Any library open to serve students during evening and Saturday hours shall be under the supervision of a certificated employee who consents to the assignment. (Education Code 18103)

Selection and Evaluation of School Library Materials

Library materials shall include print and electronic resources that align with the curriculum and are accessible to students with varying cognitive or language needs.

Library materials shall be evaluated and selected through a process that invites recommendations from administrators, teachers, other staff, parents/guardians, and students as appropriate.

(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

Library materials shall be continually evaluated in relation to evolving curricula, new formats of materials, new instructional methods, and the needs of students and teachers. Materials that contain outdated subject matter or are no longer appropriate shall be removed.

(cf. 3270 - Sale and Disposal of Books, Equipment and Supplies)

All gifts and donations of school library materials shall be subject to the same criteria as materials selected for purchase by the district.

(cf. 1260 - Educational Foundation)

(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)

Complaints regarding the appropriateness of library materials shall be addressed using the district's procedures for complaints regarding instructional materials.

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)


Students shall be allowed to borrow school library materials at no charge for use in the library and classrooms as well as out of school. (5 CCR 16042)

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

Students shall be encouraged to return library materials in a timely manner, but no charge shall be assessed for the late return of materials.

Library Instruction

If the district provides teacher librarians, they shall collaborate with classroom teachers to provide library instruction to develop students' information literacy skills. Such instruction shall be aligned with state academic standards for library instruction and shall prepare students to:

1. Access information by applying knowledge of the organization of libraries, print materials, digital media, and other sources

2. Evaluate and analyze information to determine appropriateness in addressing the scope of inquiry

3. Organize, synthesize, create, and communicate information

4. Integrate information literacy skills into all areas of learning and pursue information independently to become life-long learners

Teacher librarians and classified paraprofessional staff also may provide support to teachers, administrators, and other staff by identifying instructional materials that will aid in the development of curriculum and instructional activities and by providing information about effective and ethical uses of school library services and equipment.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

Program Evaluation

The Superintendent or designee shall biennially assess and report to the Board regarding the condition and use of school libraries. The assessment shall evaluate, at a minimum:

1. Access of students and staff to school libraries during school hours and, as appropriate, access outside the school day

2. The process and frequency by which students are allowed to check out library materials

3. Staffing levels, qualifications, and number of hours worked

4. The quality of the collection at each library, including, but not limited to, the total number of books in the collection, number of books per student, amount expended during the year for the purchase of new resources, and the number of resources discarded and added during the year

5. Any special programs offered at the school to encourage reading and/or library use

6. The adequacy of the facility space and equipment designated for the school library

7. The source(s) and adequacy of funding for school libraries

The district shall, on or before August 31 each year, report to the California Department of Education on the condition of its school libraries for the preceding year ending June 30. (Education Code 18122)

Legal Reference:


1703 Coordination of district library services by county superintendent

1770-1775 Provision of library services by county superintendent

18100-18203 School libraries

18300-18571 Union high school district/unified school district library district

19335-19336 Reading Initiative Program; recommended books

35021 Volunteer aides

44868-44869 Qualifications and employment of library media teachers

45340-45349 Instructional aides


16040-16043 School libraries

80023-80023.2 Emergency permits, general requirements

80024.6 Emergency teacher librarian services permit

80026-80026.6 Emergency permits

80053-80053.1 Teacher librarian services credential

Management Resources:


Examples of Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools Supporting Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, rev. February 2012

Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2010 (includes standards for student instruction as well as program standards)

Looking at the School Library: An Evaluation Tool, 2003

Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve


Standards and Guidelines for Strong School Libraries, 2004


American Association of School Libraries:

California Department of Education, School Libraries:

California School Library Association:


adopted: April 6, 2004 Lawndale, California

revised: February 3, 2015