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Megan, This can be a very sensitive subject, especially if the teachers feel that they haven't had enough financial support (read MONEY) for teaching supplies/materials. This is a common condition in small school districts here in Texas. Some teachers also feel "ownership" of particular materials because they don't want their incoming students to be "bored" with using the same things in consecutive years. I'd suggest that you discuss this at length with your building principal. How does she/he feel about it? Is my guess correct about funding? If it is, has the situation changed (or is it changing)? If the principal agrees with your premise (which I do by the way), can he/she help re-educate the staff? Is your staff one in which the majority (or at least those who shape opinion) have been there for several years? If the principal does not agree, I'd do nothing. There are too many battles you will _have_ to fight, to get bogged down in a skirmish that you don't have the support necessary to win. As a staff member new to the building, you're may have to ease into this. One possibility (assuming it is true in your state or district) is to explain that anything purchased with library funds must be cataloged and circulated from the library. Another is to find materials to help the teachers expand/change their lesson plans so they aren't tied to doing exactly the same thing every year on the 15th week of the year (this one may be _very_ difficult). Perhaps purchasing other titles on the same subject would allow more flexibility. Maybe encourage interdisciplary work amoung your teachers, which guarantees they have to share materials. For what it's worth, my middle school library of 550 students doesn't have anything set aside for just one class. That's not to say I don't buy materials for subjects that we only have 1 class of - but use is not limited to that class. Good luck. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Melissa Davis Librarian Splendora Middle School Splendora I.S.D. P O Box 168 Splendora, TX 77372 Internet: email@example.com PHONE: (713)689-2853 CompuServe: 75146,771 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On Mon, 27 Jun 1994, Megan McGuire wrote: > school of between 400 and 500 students. Several teachers feel that if they request something, no one else should be allowed to use it. I feel that library materials are purchased to avoid duplication. For example, ...that if they aren't willing to share, then they should purchase it out of their own budget. I'm willing to be convinced otherwise if there are any >...how would you go about changing things - I would like to to have a positive relationship with the teachers and from the limited discussion I had with one of them today it seems like a sensitive topic.