Library

Aims: The objective of this policy is to see that our library provides a variety and abundance of materials from all media to support and enrich our school curriculum, to stimulate cultural development, to motivate students to read, and to provide the teaching staff with relevant professional materials.

 

Our vision for the Bradbury School:

  •         Inspiring learners
  •         Inquiring together
  •         Enhancing our world

 

We aim to achieve this by:

  • recognising that everyone is a learner and that learning is continuous
  • working collaboratively and supporting each other
  • communicating effectively in a variety of ways and in more than one language
  • respecting and valuing our own and other people’s cultures
  • appreciating that we are all different and that we learn in different ways
  • having a balanced approach to life and learning
  • striving for excellence in learning
  • being active learners who are curious about the world around us
  • reflecting on our experiences and learning from them
  • sharing responsibility for ourselves and others and believing that our actions can make a difference
  • recognising the importance of mother tongue in the development of literacy

We aim to develop learners who are:

Inquirers – Thinkers – Communicators – Courageous– Knowledgeable – Principled – Caring – Open-Minded – Balanced – Reflective

and who demonstrate the following attitudes:

Appreciation – Commitment – Confidence – Cooperation – Creativity – Curiosity – Empathy – Enthusiasm – Independence – Integrity – Respect – Tolerance

The Teacher Librarian will:

  • ensure that the Library programme, in its content, design, implementation, assessment and review, shall reflect the Bradbury School philosophy, objectives and policies with library maintenance, purchasing and instruction.
  • promote digital citizenship and keep to the guidelines stated in ‘Internet Guidelines for Staff’ and the ‘Responsible Use Agreement’.
  • provide materials which will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of our students.
  • provide materials which will stimulate growth in conceptual understanding, knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and ethical standards.
  • provide background information which will enable our students to make intelligent judgments in their daily life.
  • provide materials on both sides of controversial matters so that our students may develop, under guidance, the practice of critical reading and thinking with classroom instructional units.
  • place principle above personal opinion in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate to the users of our Library.
  • Implement a systematic programme of library and research skills for students and where appropriate teachers.

Criteria for Selection of Library Resources

  • Library resources will be chosen to support the mission and vision statements of the school, and the beliefs and values of Bradbury School.
  • Library resources will be chosen to support the existing curriculum, as well as the personal needs and interests of library users.
  • Library resources will meet high standards of quality in factual content and presentation.
  • Library resources will support the transdisciplinary nature of our curriculum.
  • Our Library resources will be appropriate for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning style, and social development of the students for whom the materials are selected.
  • Library resources will be selected to help students gain an awareness of our global society and reflect the international nature of our curriculum, school and world.
  • The selection of Library resources on controversial issues will be directed toward maintaining a diverse collection representing various views.
  • Library resources will be selected for their strengths rather than rejected for their weaknesses.
  • Library resources will also support the development and provision of the mother-tongue language collection both text and online materials.
  • Support the resourcing of units of inquiry.
  • The library also supports and values the mother tongue languages represented throughout our school and encourages individuals to select books in their first language. We believe that it is important to expose children to a variety of languages not represented within our community and therefore expand horizons and widen their awareness of the world around them.

APPENDIX ON LIBRARY PROCEDURES:

Procedures for Selection of Library Resources

  • In selecting Library resources, the librarian will measure available materials against the above criteria and the emerging needs of the curriculum.
  • All members of the community will be regularly encouraged to make recommendations for purchase.
  • When feasible, the resource itself will be examined.
  • Gift materials will be measured against the above criteria, and will be accepted or rejected accordingly. The physical condition of gift material needs to be considered and contributors should have an understanding that the librarian has the discretion to handle the materials how he/she see fit thereafter.
  • Resource selection will include the routine removal of outdated and inaccurate materials, as well as the replacement of lost and worn items still of educational value.

Procedures for Library Borrowing and Breaktime

  • Morning: students are welcome in the library from 8:10-8:30. They are welcome only for quiet reading, studying, or working on a project.
  • Lunch from 12:10-12:40 – Monday-Thursday Y4-6; Lunch from 12:40-1:10 – Monday-Thursday Y1-3. The access to the library for year groups is organised on a rota system to ensure that students have a balanced approach to breaktimes and are accessing both the playgrounds and library during the week.
  • Students (individually), who are independent users, may come to the library throughout the school day (Nonfiction section/Early Years Fiction section depending on the class) and are quietly engaged in an activity. They may simply come for checkout as well. If planning to send in a group, please call first.
  • * When there is no adult, the library is off limits.
  • Borrowing:
    • Year 1: one book per week (until January, then 2 books per week.)
    • Year 2-4: two books per week
    • Year 5-6: three books per week
    • Students may renew a book as long as no holds exist.
    • Reference books are not to leave the library
  • Overdues:
    • Students may not borrow if they have an overdue.
    • Overdue notices will go out at the beginning of the month to teachers.
    • Students will be asked to take care of any problem within the month, so that they never go long without checking out a book. Arrangements can be made for students who may not be able to pay for a lost or damaged book.
  • Expectations:
    • Same as whole school expectations.
    • Treat the books responsibly.
  • Consequences:
    • Removal of privileges for a specified time.

 

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