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Library Media Services - Guidelines

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Library Media Services: Connecting the Heart of the School​


Promote collaborative library media environments that empower library media specialists to be innovative and build relationships


Collaboration: Champion collaboration through professional learning opportunities and communication avenues that increase capacity and provide networking opportunities

Innovation: Provide support that showcases the innovative practices of the school library media center as a result of easy and efficient access to digital resources

Trust: Strengthen relationships with library media personnel through transparency in communication and responsiveness to needs


The school library media program supports and strengthens the curriculum, bridges the digital divide, and puts state standards into action. The school library media specialist encourages reading for learning, reading for pleasure, and reading for life.

The school library media specialist is a teacher, an instructional partner, an informational specialist, and a school library media program administrator. School library media specialists directly affect student achievement by collaborating and planning with teachers, teaching information literacy, designing assessment procedures, and providing supplemental curriculum material.

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is providing guidelines as examples of implemented best practices around the state.  The following examples may be used by schools and districts as they ​design the library media program that best fits the needs of their local system.  Other than 160-4-4.01 Media Programs​​GaDOEdoes not mandate specific library media program ​policies. 

Check back often as more examples will be added.​  ​If you have examples (documents, videos, etc.) that you would like to submit, contact Donita Hinckley at dhinckley@doe.k​​

Excellent 2019 article from Phi Delta Kappan (by Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel)​ that covers many of the areas below:

Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us​​​

What Is It?
(Descriptions, Links, etc.)
Implemented Best Practices
from Schools and Districts
Teaching and Learning ​
  • ​Collabo​ration
  • Literacy
    • Disciplinary Literacy
    • Reading
    • Digital Literacy
      • Integration of technology skills
    • Creativity & Innovation (Makerspace)
  • Research
    • Evaluation of resources
  • Planning the program
    • Vision
    • Mission
  • ​See Vision (above)​ ​​
    • Partnership with school/district
  • Facility
    • Use of space
    • Safe and nurturing environment
  • Budgeting
    • Funding sources
      • State funds
      • Local funds
      • Grants
      • Book fairs etc.
      • Fines, replacement costs, etc.
  • Policy
    • System media committee
    • School media committee
    • Material selection
    • Material reconsideration
    • Instructional resource gifts
    • Use of non-school owned materials
    • Copyright
    • Scheduling
    • Circulation
    • Confidentiality
  • Accessibility
  • Collection development
  • Professional development
  • Advocacy