School Library Day-to-Day Operations: Just the Basics

School Library Day-to-Day Operations: Just the Basics

School Library Day-to-Day Operations: Just the Basics

School Library Day-to-Day Operations: Just the Basics


This book provides a straightforward, easy-to-follow procedural manual that will enable school library aides and new school librarians to develop excellent school library collections.


School libraries are places to read, to explore, and to find information. When kindergarten students first visit a school library, they are told that this is the place where they will learn answers to their questions and how to use the library to find those answers. And as students grow and mature, the school library does indeed become that place for them, but we know that does not just happen. It takes a community and that community is the library staff. The library staff must be knowledgeable, hardworking, and service oriented. They must possess a certain amount of basic information just to keep the library up and running.

Basic Information is important information. It is often critical and in some cases not readily available. Persons new to the school library field, be they a certified school librarian new to the field or an assistant, must somehow acquire this basic information. Running a school library well requires the assistance of several key individuals (library aides or clerks, volunteers, paraprofessionals, and technicians), in addition to the professional school librarian. Training these assistants and new librarians to do the tasks required is time consuming, and often experienced school librarians and district library coordinators have to construct their own training materials as well as do the oneon-one instruction at each library site.

In order to facilitate and help expedite this training, we offer this series of short, concise, and very practical books to aide in the training necessary to prepare assistants to help organize, equip, and furnish a school library, manage a school library and prepare and circulate materials and in many other topics that are necessary to the smooth operation of a school library today. The Just the Basics series of books is written by experienced professionally trained certified building level school librarians working currently in the field. As we roll out this series, please let us know what you think. Do we need additional topics? Is the series usable in training situations? What comments do you have?

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