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Please excuse any cross-posting:

Elizabeth Downs and I are co-authoring a book for Neal-Schuman Publishers 
tentatively titled, “Policies for School Library Media Managers: A Sourcebook 
of Models and Resources Policies for School Library Media Centers”.

Our intent is to provide a book for school librarians that describes the whats, 
whys and wherefores of library policy, and then provides sample forms used to 
implement those policies (e.g. selection/reconsideration; web publishing; 
evaluation of staff, etc.) An accompanying CD will include examples of all the 
forms which the reader may edit and customize to fit their individual needs. 
Topics will include administration, collaboration, technology, teaching and 
learning, information access and delivery, community connections, personnel, 

We are interested in having as wide a variety of real-world policies and forms 
available as is possible. Of course, all contributions will be credited in the 

Many such policies and forms are now posted on the web, especially those 
written at the District level. If your District’s policies are available 
online, would you please send the URL?

But in many cases, the really interesting, policies/ forms may be those you 
have created to meet the unique needs of you own media center (scheduling, 
planning with teachers, checking out formerly unknown pieces of equipment—
laptops, flash drives—for students.) We would love to use examples of those 
forms which might help other librarians keep from having to “re-invent the 
wheel.” So again, if you could reply with a URL or attach a copy of the 
policy/form, we would be most appreciative. When possible, please include the 
contact info for the person from whom permission to publish requests should be 

Please contact me at: or call: 319.338.4361 if you’d like to 
discuss more particulars.


Joel Shoemaker, Teacher Librarian
South East Junior High, Iowa City, IA
319.338.4361 (h)

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