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    Library Media Curriculum

Standard 1: The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively.

1.1 Knows library procedures for circulation and care of resources and equipment
1.2 Knows parts of a book and functions of digital resources
1.3 Knows types and locations of library materials
1.4 Knows how to use library book classification systems
1.5 Knows how to alphabetize by authors last name
1.6 Uses the automated library catalog
1.7 Uses digital resources to access information
1.8 Selects appropriate library materials
1.9 Uses a developmentally appropriate research process to access information

Standard 2: The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.

2.1 Locates relevant information from appropriate fiction and nonfiction sources in print and digital formats
2.2 Evaluates authority, credibility, and currency of information
2.3 Selects relevant information during the research process

Standard 3: The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.

3.1 Uses prewriting techniques to extract and organize relevant information
3.2 Composes and revises drafts
3.3 Communicates and synthesizes ideas in logical and creative or novel ways

Standard 4: The student who is an independent learner is information literate and pursues information related to personal interests.

4.1 Uses school library media center and public library resources to pursue personal interests
4.2 Uses information literacy skills independently to pursue personal interests

Standard 5: The student who is an independent learner is information literate and appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information.

5.1 Learns about childrens and young adult literature, authors, and illustrators
5.2 Appreciates creative expressions in all formats

Standard 6: The student who is an independent learner is information literate and strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.

6.1 Evaluates the research process and product
6.2 Reflects upon the process to improve information-seeking skills

Standard 7: The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.

7.1 Understands that a free flow of information is essential for a democratic society
7.2 Seeks and uses information from diverse sources, viewpoints, and cultural backgrounds

Standard 8: The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.

8.1 Respects copyright and fair use
8.2 Understands the reasons and methods for citing sources
8.3 Understands and respects principles of intellectual freedom
8.4 Follows school requirements regarding responsible use of information and communication technologies

Standard 9: The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and participates in groups to pursue and generate information.

9.1 Collaborates in formal and informal study and research groups
9.2 Respects the views of others in study and research groups

    Challenged Materials Policy

Statement of Policy

The ATS libraries subscribe In principle to the philosophy expressed in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and its supporting documents, and the American Association of School Librarians' School Library Bill of Rights for School Library Media Programs. Copies of these documents are appended to and made a part of this policy.

The ATS libraries recognize that occasionally materials in the collection may be challenged or questioned, despite the care taken in selecting them. A procedure for processing and responding to criticism of approved material has been established and shall be followed. This procedure shall include a formal signed complaint of standard format and an appointed committee to reevaluate the material In question-Procedure for handling Challenged or Questioned Books and Materials

Upon receiving a complaint, the ATS head librarian shall hold a conference with the patron making the complaint, The Director General of ATS shall be notified and may be present at the conference.

Procedure for handling Challenged or Questioned Books and Materials

Upon receiving a complaint, the ATS head librarian shall hold a conference with the patron making the complaint. The Director General of ATS shall be notified and may be present at the conference. If the problem cannot be resolved in the conference, the patron will be given a "Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials" form.

The patron will return the completed form to the Librarian, who will forward a copy to the Director General of ATS.

The head librarian and the Director General of ATS will appoint a committee to review the complaint. The committee will review the complaint and make a recommendation to the head librarian and Director General.

Final authority to keep or remove a book or other material rests with the Director General of ATS and the head librarian,

A message explaining the decision shall be sent to the complainant.

For further information on the American Library Association's policy on challenged materials, please see:

Challenged Materials Policy Supporting Documents

American Library Association's (ALA) Library Bill of Rights

Challenged Materials: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

    Library Material Circulation Policy

I. Purpose

ATS libraries have developed circulation guidelines and procedures in order to ensure Fair access to information for all patrons.

II. Loan Periods and Regulations

ATS libraries have established the following loan periods for materials-Students


Students may check out library books for a period of two weeks. After this time, the books will be flagged "Overdue" in the Circulation system. Students will not be allowed to check out another book until they return the overdue book OR bring it to the library to be renewed OR pay for the book. All students must return library books during the last two weeks of the school year. No books can be checked out during this time.

Early Childhood

Students in pre-1st grade will begin to check out library books in January. In December, Pre 1st graders are added into our Patron list, using their student barcodes that we receive from the Early Childhood office. We print these barcodes on a sheet of stickers, then place each one on a card cut out from colored construction paper. The students decorate their own cards with crayons or colored pencils, and then we laminate the cards. After receiving instruction about checkout policy and proper book care, the Pre-1st Graders will choose their books from a group of pre-selected paperback books that we place on a few of the tables. In March, library staff gives instructions to the Pre-1st Graders on how to find and choose books from the shelves, and then they may choose their own books to check out.

Elementary School

Students in grades 1 - 5 may check out three books at a time. Class set books may be checked out in addition to the two-book limit. To decrease the chance of books being lost, 1st - 3rd grade classes are not allowed to have library books checked out during the Christmas break and Spring Break.

Middle and High School

Students in the middle and high school grades may check out three books at a time. Class set books may be checked out in addition to the two-book limit.


All parents of students at ATS are welcome to check out 5 items at a time for a period of two weeks. Library staff will sec up an account for parents using their phone number as their patron number.


Staff members may check out library books and other materials, including videos, CDs, DVDs, VHS's, Big Books, Professional books, and magazines (except for the most current issue) for a period of one month. If a staff member has an overdue item, they are reminded to return it, but they may still check out other materials. Staff who renew classroom-use books monthly will not be held liable for their loss. If renewals are not done consistently, teachers will be asked to pay for missing materials.

Encyclopedias and Reference Material

Encyclopedias are not circulated. Other reference books normally are not circulated, but a staff member or student may check one out if needed. Any reference material borrowed from the library must be returned by the end of the same school day.

III. Renewal of Materials

Materials must be renewed by visiting the ATS libraries. After two renewals, the patron is requested to return the item for a period of two working days before checking it out again.

IV. Overdue Materials

Returning materials on time ensures that the information will be available for the use of others- Therefore, prompt return of library materials is strongly encouraged.

Library staff will issue overdue notices for all other materials. ATS libraries have developed a process by which students are notified Of overdue materials through their home room/advisory teacher. When library materials are not returned, they are considered lost and borrowers are charged for their replacement (see next section).

V. Lost and Damaged Materials

A. Lost Materials

When an item is 20 school/vacation days overdue, and after the borrower has been notified, the library staff will determine the replacement cost of an item and charge the borrower for its replacement. If, at a future time, but before the item has been replaced, the borrower returns the item in a condition no worse than it was prior to the borrower's period of use, the repfacement cost will be returned to the borrower. If, however, the library has already replaced the item, the replacement cost will only be returned to the borrower at the librarian's discretion.

B. Damaged Materials

The borrower will be billed for the cost of replacement of any damaged materials.

C. Bilfing Charges

The minimum charge for lost Or damaged books or audiovisual materials is $80 pesos.

The minimum charge for lost or damaged magazine is $30 pesos. Renewing or returning materials can prevent such billing.

VI. Restriction of Library Privileges

ATS libraries reserve the right to restrict, suspend, or revoke library privileges according the judgment of the ATS Head Librarian in consultation with the section principal and ATS Director General, The following situations serve as examples of when such action might be taken: numerous lost or damaged materials, chronic overdue materials, theft or attempted theft of materials, and/or other extreme cases.

VII. Confidentiality

ATS libraries conform to a policy on patron confidentiality that accords with the American Library Association's policy on confidentiality of library patron records; ALA Policy Manual 54,15Code of Ethics, point 3, which states "Librarrans must protect each user's right to privacy with respect to information sought or received, and to materials consulted, borrowed or acquired

ATS libraries formally recognize:

That all records identifying the names, or LD, number of library patrons are confidential in nature

That such records are not to be revealed to anyone other than the patron in question without either the express written permission of the patron in question or the adherence to proper ATS school procedures regarding required access to such information

That library employees are encouraged not to keep records with personally identifiable Information, unless that Information is necessary, and to destroy such records as soon as possible.

That the confidentiality of patron records requires that such records should be consulted by library employees onEy for LEGITIMATE purposes such as locating or recalling library materials, processing overdue notices and fines, adding or deleting names to the database, making collection development decisions, resolving billing matters, or investigating violations of Library Circulation policies, including but not limited to, the following:

expired LD. number with overdue items still charged

patrons who repeatedly claim to have returned books

patrons who have manipulated the system to set their own due dates

outside the Library's established patron loan periods

patrons with outstanding Library accounts who have been referred to collection

Library employees may not be view patron records for such purposes as

idle curiosity, personal interest, or general monitoring.

Examples of requests for library information that is confidential and must not

be honored:

A request for the circulation records of a faculty, student, staff or other library card holder by someone else.

A request by a faculty member for the identity of students who borrowed certain items.

A request to review the circulation records of a student suspected of plagiarism.

A request to see interlibrary loan borrowing records.

A request for addresses, phone numbers, I.D, numbers Or other personal information contained in the borrower database.

A request to see a list of individuals who are not employees or students of the ATS campus but who have been granted library borrowing privileges.

A request by a parent for information about his/her child's borrowing record without the child's permission.

Other examples:

A request For the name of the person who has signed out a particular item.

A request to review the identity oF persons who have used a computer workstation.

A request to reveal the nature of a library user's reference request or database search.

A request For the names of persons who have used audio-visual materials.

A request For a list oF items photocopied for or faxed to a particular library user.

A request for a list of suggested acquisitions submitted by a particular library user.

This list is intended to provide examples of possible violations of confidentiality of library information and is by no means inclusive.

    Collection Development Policy

I. Philosophy

The mission of the ATS libraries is to provide a collection of materials to implement, enrich, and support the curriculum of ATS and to meet the professional, educational, intellectual and recreational needs of students, faculty, staff, and parents.

For further information on the role of the school library media center, please see:  Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program

II. Selection


The ATS head librarian assumes final responsibility for the selection of materials. Materials shall be chosen by the head librarian alone and in cooperation with the high school librarian, other library staff, faculty, school staff, students, and parents.

Criteria for Selection

Materials selected for inclusion in the collection of the ATS libraries shall satisfy the following:

Materials shall be chosen to enrich and support the curriculum and the educational, emotional, intellectual and recreational needs of the users.

Materials shall meet high standards of quality in:

  • physical format
  • treatment of subject
  • accuracy and currency of information
  • arrangement and organization
  • literary style
Materials shall be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional, social, cultural and intellectual development, ability level, and learning styles of ATS students.

Materials shall represent differing viewpoints of controversial issues so that users may be motivated to engage in critical analysis of such issues, to explore their own beliefs, attitudes, and behavior, and to make intelligent judgments in their everyday lives.

For further information on library selection policies in general, please see the following ALA documents:

Selection Tools

The following professional resources  inform the ATS librarians and staff in the selection process; however, selection is not limited to the use of these tools.
Reviewing Media:

  • Booklist
  • Horn Book
  • Kirkus Review
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal
  • Voice of Youth Advocates

Lyga A.W. Allyson and Lyga Barry. Graphic novels in your media center.  -- ed. – Westport, CT.: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
Trelease, Jim, The Read-Aloud Handbook New York: Penguin Books, 2006.

Professional Collection

In order to serve the needs of ATS faculty, staff, parents and other members of the school community, the Fleishman library maintains a professional collection of materials relating to the fields of education, parenting and library science.

The head librarian selects titles appropriate for a core collection of interest and use to educators, administrators, counselors, parents and librarians.  In addition, key monographs in a few subject areas are acquired through selection or as gifts. These materials shall be subject to the selection criteria described above.

ATS faculty and staff also have access to comprehensive electronic journal collections available through the EBSCO subscription databases.

Electronic Information Policy

In keeping with our role as a source of information, the libraries provide Internet access to information beyond the confines of our collection. The Internet affords us an exciting opportunity to have immediate access to timely and comprehensive information as well as a wide variety of primary sources. Providing connections to global information services and networks outside the libraries is different from selecting and purchasing materials for the libraries’ collections. The Internet changes rapidly, frequently, and unpredictably.

As the vast amount of information on the Internet is generated outside the libraries, the libraries cannot be responsible for accuracy, authenticity, currency, availability, or completeness of information. We cannot insure that Internet communications are secure or private.

Because of the libraries’ limitations, the user is responsible for using discretion when considering the quality of material, questioning the validity of information, and choosing what is individually appropriate.

In conjunction with the ATS Computer department and general ATS curriculum standards, ATS libraries provide students with guidelines for evaluating web sites and search strategies for finding the most appropriate information from the web. In addition, as students visit our libraries to conduct research on the Internet, we informally train them in how to use the Internet in a responsible and discriminating manner.

We also provide guidance to web resources through our Message Board and Databases pages, links to which are found on the ATS Library home page.

In the ATS libraries, the Internet is a resource which provides timely access to students' information needs. Unfortunately, limited computer resources do not permit the libraries to support all types of Internet and computer usage. Therefore, in order to best allocate these finite resources, student use of the library's computers will be limited in the following ways:

  • Academic use will always have priority over recreational use.
  • Game playing is limited to breaks and recesses and only to the designated web pages the ATS library staff has posted on its Fun & Games page.
  • Printing privileges are restricted to academic use. Exceptions to this policy will be made at the discretion of the librarian.

For further information on Electronic Information Policy, please see the following ALA policy statements:

Audio/Visual (A/V) Policy

The ATS libraries provide A/V materials and services for the following purposes:
  • to supplement their collection of materials
  • to implement, enrich, and support the curriculum of ATS
  • to meet the intellectual, educational, emotional, cultural, and recreational needs of students, faculty and staff.


  • The library's A/V collection consists primarily of videos in VHS and DVD formats, but also includes CD ROM reference and audio materials.
  • The library maintains an audio book collection to support the listening centers in the Pre-1st and 1st grades.

III. Gifts & Donations

The ATS libraries welcome gifts and donated materials. These materials shall be subject to the same criteria as those obtained through the regular selection process.

IV. Weeding


The ATS libraries recognize the importance of maintaining a collection of current, appropriate, and useful materials. Therefore, a periodic evaluation of the collection will be performed in order to remove or replace materials which are no longer useful. The following guidelines have been developed to aid in the weeding process; however, the final decision concerning the removal or replacement of material rests with the head librarian of ATS.

  • Weeding by appearance
  • Worn-out volumes: dirty, brittle, yellow pages; missing pages; tattered covers; etc.
  • Badly bound volumes: soft, pulpy paper and/or shoddy binding
  • Badly printed works
  • Books of antiquated appearance which might discourage use
  • Audio-visual materials with missing or broken pieces
  • Weeding of superfluous or duplicate volumes
  • Unneeded duplicate titles
  • Older editions
  • Highly specialized books (when library holds more general or up-to-date volumes on the same subject)
  • Books on subjects of little interest to the local community
  • Books which no longer relate to the curriculum (if specialized)
  • Weeding based on poor content
  • Information is dated
  • Information is inaccurate
  • Stereotypes are present
  • Book is poorly written

Weeding According to Use

  • Nonfiction: Book has not been checked out within last 10 years
  • Fiction: Book has not been checked out within last 5 years (classics excluded)

    Student Conduct Policy

All library patrons are expected to treat the library and its staff with respect and adhere to the following rules:

  • Leave food and drinks outside the library. The only exception is bottled water.
  • Maintain a clean working environment. All users should dispose of their trash when leaving the library.
  • Maintain a calm and quiet working environment.

  • Failure to follow these rules may result in temporary loss of library privileges.

        ATS Fleishman/High School Library Challenged Materials Form

    This form is to be completed by a library user who requests that the library reconsider material as part of its collection.

    Material to be reconsidered



    Call number:


    Information of user requesting reconsideration




    Reconsideration information:

    1. To what in the material do you object? (Please be specific. For example, cite page number in book or magazine; chapter of DVD; approximate minute of scene in VHS, track # in CD, etc.)

    2. Did you read the entire book, watch the entire film, listen to the entire recording, etc. before making this request?

    3. What do you feel might be the result of a student becoming involved with this material?

    4. What do you believe is the theme of this material and the intention of the author, director, composer, etc.?

    5. Are you aware of professional evaluations of this material?

    6. What would you like the library/school to do with this material?

    7. What other material do you recommend that would convey an acceptable perspective of the subject treated?

    Users signature Date

    Please return form to library staff when completed and ask for a photocopy for your records.

    Once completed, the head librarian and the Director General of ATS will appoint a committee to review the complaint. The committee will review the complaint and make a recommendation to the head librarian, director general, and the board of directors as needed.

    Final authority to keep or remove a book or other material rests with the board of directors, the director general of ATS and the head librarian.

    A message explaining the decision shall be sent to the user who requested reconsideration.


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