Budget - Have a plan!
Scenarios of the "no plan" library:
  1. Teacher A comes in with a $13 000 request from one publisher
  2. Teacher B requests an expensive, but not really relevant resource.
  3. Your money is spent by December, but there are still needs.

Budget Plan

Establishing Categories
  • Accountability
  • Fairness/equality in collection development
  • Mechanism to secure budget dollars
Keeping Track
  • Excel Spreadsheet
  • Ledger Style
Sample Guidelines - (Mashup of the work of Valenza, Dickson, and Walter)

Budget Categories:
40% Curriculum
20% Recreational Reading
10% Replacement
10% Focus area for school goals/professional materials
10% Multimedia
10% Library supplies
Student Body Composition:
Example from Hoffman - K - 2: 79 students 64% of population
Gr. 3 - 4: 45 students 36% of population
Sample Plans

Melville Comprehensive

  • Selection Policy and Criteria

Connections: Policy and Guidelines for School Libraries in Saskatchewan (2008)

Good Spirit School Division Selection Policy

  • Relevance to the curriculum
  • Age appropriateness for intended audience
  • Quality and durability of format
  • Accuracy and currency of information
  • Credibility, reputation, and signficance of author, producer, publisher
  • Artistic/literary quality
  • Freedom from bias and stereotypes
  • Accurate portrayals of Indian, Metis and Inuit peoples
  • Acquisitions

I Ministry of Education Curriculum Site

II Reviewing journals

A. Canadian Materials

B. Teacher-librarian: the journal for school library professionals

C. School Libraries in Canada

D. The Medium

III Full Text Online Databases

A. Access the following online without purchasing a subscription

1. School librarian

2. Teacher-librarian

3. School Library Journal

4. Publisher's Weekly

5. Booklist

6. Horn Book

7. School Libraries in Canada (index only)

B. Novelist and Novelist K-8

IV Websites

A. Book & Brier

B. McNally Robinson

C. United Library

D. S & B Books

E. Indigo/Chapters

F. Amazon

G. Titlewave