where all who enter
can feel empowered to be
and ethical users of information.
we desire to
kindle the imagination and
inspire a lifelong
love of reading.
Columbia Elementary Media Guidelines
Our library is a place where all who enter can feel empowered to be critical thinkers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. Most importantly we desire to kindle the imagination and inspire a lifelong love of reading.
The Columbia Elementary Media Center will be scheduled with input from the library media specialist. Each class will be assigned a fixed time in the library for instruction and book checkout. First through sixth grade students receive 30 minutes of library media time per week and kindergarten students receive 15 minutes per week. As per district policy, scheduled library periods missed due to holidays, assemblies, field trips, and early out days will not be made up, but book exchange times may be scheduled.
In addition to scheduled class times, the library has periods of open checkout available each day for individual student use. When not in use for scheduled classes, the library will be available for flexible scheduling. Students will be accompanied by their teacher during any extra scheduled times.
All first graders check out one book at a time. Second grade students may check out two books at a time. Third through sixth grade students may check out three books at a time as long as they don’t have any overdue books. Kindergarten checks out one book, but it stays in their classroom until the next library day; they do not bring the library books home.
Books are checked out for 7 days and may be renewed. There are no overdue fines assessed at Columbia Elementary; however, students with an overdue book may not check out another book until the overdue item is returned, renewed or paid for if it is lost. All books are due by the Friday before the last week of school. There are no library classes scheduled during the last week of school.
All patrons must pay the replacement cost for lost materials and a $2.00 processing fee. If the material is found within 30 days from the payment date, the monies will be reimbursed. Damaged books will be assessed a fee based on the severity of the damage and the age of the book.
Criteria for Selection of Materials
Materials for the library will be selected to support curriculum, and to provide for the informational and recreational needs of students. Consideration will be made regarding accuracy, balanced views, timeliness, literary and artistic quality, format, and popular series. Materials will be chosen by our Media and Materials Acceptance Committee to meet the developmental/maturity level of students and will provide for beginning as well as more mature readers. Requests and suggestions from students, parents, and faculty may also be considered.
Materials that are donated to the library are appreciated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the library media specialist following the selection criteria policy.
In order to maintain a current, up-to-date collection, all materials will be evaluated for weeding. Materials may be removed from the collection for being damaged, outdated, inaccurate, duplicate, or unused. Books that are heavily circulated and worn or damaged will be replaced when possible.
Materials removed from the collection will have the barcode labels removed. They will be stamped with a “DISCARD” stamp. They may be sold at a book sale, donated to teachers or other organizations or disposed of through the school trash.
To help maintain a timely collection, all materials will be inventoried/weeded on a rotating two year basis. Non-fiction and paperback materials will be weeded one year, then fiction and easy reader books the next. Graphic Novels and Reference materials will be inventoried yearly.
Davis School District recognizes the right of parents under state law and District Policy 11/R-107 Recognizing Constitutional Freedoms in Public Schools, to restrict their child’s access to materials the parent deems appropriate. However, no parent has the right to make that decision on behalf of other students. A parent desiring to restrict their own child’s access to specific library books or materials shall submit the request in writing to the library professional at the school the child is attending.
Davis School District has a Challenged Library materials. Procedure for any concerns regarding collection holdings. The policy and forms can be obtained online at http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/Page/46. Only parents of students enrolled in Columbia Elementary may challenge library materials within our facility.
Library Advisory Committee
The school advisory committee will provide input, promote library programs and shall meet at twice during the school year.
School Evaluation Committee
This committee responds to challenges to library materials. It will consist of an odd number of members, not less than five, and may include an administrator, upper and lower grade level teacher, the library media specialist, and a parent.
Parents and members of the community who wish to volunteer time in the library are greatly appreciated and offer important support to efficient library management
The Library Media DESK focuses and prioritizes the reading and information literacy skills that students need to know and be able to use to help them read and research effectively in all subjects and with a variety of technologies.