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AASL Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development


Status of Public & Private School Library Media Centers in the United States: 1999-2000

This new publication from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the U.S. Department of Education summarizes findings from the public and private School Library Media Center Questionnaires, a component of the 1999–2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). Topics addressed in this report are:
  • characteristics of the library media center,
  • staff characteristics,
  • library expenditures,
  • collection holdings, and
  • library policies.

Budgeting for Mean, Lean Times (PDF File)

Detailed handouts from the presentation by Doug Johnson. In the presentation he discusses current funding realities facing schools, gives a short primer on school district finance, describes types of budgets, outlines the elements of effective budgets and suggest ways media professionals can increase their influence in the budgeting process. The handouts include a sample budget and budgeting strategies.

Dickinson, Gail. Empty Pockets and Full Plates: Effective Budget Administration for Library Media Specialists. Worthington, Ohio: Linworth Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-58683-056-2

Step-by-step guide to generating a budget plan that looks at the long term and produces a reliable stream of funds every year.

Farmer, Lesley S.J. When Your Library Budget Is Almost Zero. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1993. ISBN 0872879909

Martin, Murray S.. and Martin T. Wolf. Budgeting for Information Access. Chicago: American Library Association, 1998. ISBN 0-8389-0691-5

Authoritative guide to planning resource budgets. It aids readers in making financial decisions involved in access to electronic networks, online services, interlibrary loan, electronic delivery, and shared resources. All the factors in developing a resource budget for access are discussed, including resource sharing, document delivery, and purchase alternatives. Available from the ALA Online Store at or call 866-SHOP ALA (866-746-7252).

Miller, Marilyn L., and Marilyn L. Shontz. "The SLJ Spending Survey." School Library Journal, October 2003: 52-59.

2001-2002 biennial survey on spending, resources, and services. Includes data and tables about per pupil expenditures, collection size, technology, and library media specialists' years of experience and salaries.

St. Lifer, Evan. "Stop the Insanity." School Library Journal, March 2004: 11.

Annual calculation for 2004 of average book prices in the editor's column.

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An AASL Resource Guide for School Library Media Program Development.