This policy reflects our belief that the TMS library is a central resource that plays a significant role in the academic life of our schools. As such, the librarian needs to ensure a proactive approach to providing a level of support for learning by being focused clearly on needs for learning and anticipating future needs that become apparent in curriculums and other documents.
In order to do this, the librarian should be very knowledgeable in the content/ knowledge requirements, and the study/ research requirements, of the courses offered across the grade levels. This requires the librarian to liaise closely and regularly with teachers to identify necessary resources to support courses. Librarians should support teachers within each subject discipline to make resources and materials recommendations for acquisition.
The librarian is the focal person for ensuring that all resources that are acquired for use in the library are of high quality, general appeal to students in the school, relevant and current with the curriculums being taught. The librarian must also ensure that bias, stereotyping and polarised views are not inadvertently made available to students, requiring the librarian to make a thorough check of all materials and resources before they are acquired.
The librarian must ensure that resources and materials form part of a balanced collection within the school, relevant to the school and grade levels being taught. Therefore, the librarian will need to check that the range of materials available to students is balanced in terms of perspectives displayed and are neutral in opinion (i.e. unbiased), thus providing balanced information, as we feel it is important to enable students to gain a balanced and fair understanding of different cultures and ways of living different from their own.
To be balanced and diverse, TMS library resources should include a range of resources, books and non-books materials to support each topic studied in school, which may include, but is not limited to:
- General and subject-specific books
- A ‘Quick Reference’ collection, including a range of dictionaries, encyclopedia and directories
- Educational games
- Monitoring and Evaluation of ResourcesThe librarian must constantly examine critically, and review, the quality of its provision and identify areas for improvement in order to be in a position to respond to needs, anticipate and address future needs and ensure the highest levels of satisfaction among students and teachers.