Purpose for having a guiding statement
Writing and consulting on your guiding statement
Background information to collect before writing your guiding statement
Content of the guiding statement
Challenged resources complaint form
A guiding statement helps all those involved in leading and managing your school library‘s development, to ensure that your library collection supports the school’s educational goals, curriculum programmes, and student interests and needs.
Your school library team drafts the guiding statement in consultation with your teachers and principal to ensure that you achieve a clear statement that has school-wide support.
You will need to review this statement regularly, to take into account trends and changes in ICT and collection management, the New Zealand curriculum and your school’s curriculum, teaching methods, student interests and reading ability profile, and Ministry of Education developments.
The guiding statement for developing your school library collection is specific to your school, and has to reflect the needs of your students and teachers.
To identify these needs, use our School Community profile template to gather background data on:
A copy of your School Community profile and your School Library Collection guiding statement should be kept in your School library handbook.
Your statement should include:
A brief statement outlining why the school needs a collection of resources (digital, audio-visual and print) and the role this collection plays in supporting teaching and learning in your school.
Six to eight bullet points covering the purposes behind building your school library collection.
This is the main body of your guiding statement, and will include your school’s policy on:
A statement that reiterates the benefits of having a library collection within your school.
We’ve attached a worked example of a guiding statement to help when writing your own, and a copy of the Challenged resources form to help when your principal or the library is faced with complaints about content.
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