From the State of Delaware:
The Delaware School Libraries Council [has released] the Delaware School Libraries Master Plan: Quality School Libraries = Higher Student Achievement which contains recommendations to develop quality state-of-the-art school libraries. The 18 month-long comprehensive planning effort was funded by the Delaware Department of State and supported by the Delaware Department of Education.
The Delaware School Libraries Master Plan summarizes the current status of school library services, addresses future trends, and informs solutions for development. It was conducted by the Institute for
Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware and Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants. IPA has an extensive project management and strategic planning background in the public sector. Himmel & Wilson specializes in evaluation and planning services for libraries.
This school library planning process builds upon the strategic Statewide Master Plan for Delaware Public Libraries which resulted in significant improvements in public library buildings and sharing of library collections statewide through the Delaware Library Catalog
The consultants reviewed background documents and national library research, and obtained input from school librarians, educators, district administrators, students, parents, legislators, and the public through surveys, site visits, interviews, and focus groups. The final plan submitted to the Delaware School Libraries
Council provides recommendations for an integrated framework for school libraries across 4 categories, including: Staffing, Content & Access, Governance & Infrastructure, and Assessment & Accountability.
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Direct to Report and Executive Summary: Delaware School Libraries Master Plan: Quality School Libraries = Higher Student Achievement (108 pages; PDF)