Position Statement on Flexible Scheduling
The library program is a fully integrated part of the educational program so that students, teachers, and school librarians become partners in learning. This integration strengthens the teaching and learning process so that students can develop the vital skills necessary to analyze, evaluate, interpret, and communicate information and ideas in a variety of formats. Inquiry skills are taught and learned within the context of the curriculum and may occur in the classroom, the library, or at home with 24/7 accessibility to a wide range of resources, technologies, and services.
The integrated library program philosophy requires an open schedule. Classes need to be flexibly scheduled into the library on an as needed basis to facilitate research, training, and utilization of technology with the guidance of the subject specialist, the teacher, and the process specialist, the librarian. Regularly scheduled classes in the school library to provide teacher release or preparation time prohibit this best practice. Students and teachers must be able to come to the library throughout the day to use information sources, to read for pleasure, and to meet and work with other students and teachers.
Planning between the school librarian and the classroom teacher, which cultivates high level learning experiences for students, is the catalyst that makes this integrated library program work. The teacher brings to the planning process a knowledge of subject content and the student needs. The school librarian contributes a broad knowledge of resources and technology, an understanding of teaching methods, and a wide range of strategies that may be employed to help students learn inquiry skills. Together they are able to provide differentiation and adaptable experiences for students of all abilities and interests to meet the requirements of the curriculum.
The responsibility for flexibly scheduled library programs must be shared by the entire school community: the Board of Education, the District Administration, the Principal, the School Librarian, the Teachers, and the Library Support Staff.
The BOARD OF EDUCATION endorses the philosophy that the library program is an integral part of the district’s educational program and ensures that flexible scheduling for libraries is maintained in all buildings and at all levels through district level policies.
The DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION supports this philosophy and ensures appropriate staffing levels so that all teachers, including the school librarians, can fulfill their professional responsibilities.
The PRINCIPAL creates the appropriate climate within the school by understanding and advocating the benefits of flexible scheduling to the faculty, by monitoring scheduling, by maintaining appropriate staffing levels, funding, and joint planning time for classroom teachers and school librarians.
The TEACHER and the SCHOOL LIBRARIAN work collaboratively to meet the needs of students within the curriculum by utilizing all available resources to provide a variety of learning experiences in a variety of formats for students.
The LIBRARY SUPPORT STAFF works to maintain the daily operation of the library to allow the professional librarian and teaching staff the time and flexibility to work with each other and students to provide excellent educational experiences for learning.