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Hello All,

I am a new media specialist moving into a library with an outdated Reference
and Nonfiction collection. The former media specialist only left me with
about $1500 to spend until January. What I am finding is she spent most of
her money on fiction materials buying 5-10 copies of award winners for a
school with less than 500 students. This is great for language arts classes,
but I am interested in making the library a place to do quality research
across the content areas. I have a couple of questions on how I go about
doing this. First of all, should I focus on spending the rest of this year's
budget on nonfiction materials and hold off updating the reference
collection? Secondly, what are the must haves for the reference collection
in a middle school? And finally, once I buy the materials how do I get the
staff to use them?

Thanks for your help!

Kelly Stanchfield
New Library Media Specialist
Northridge Middle School - Indiana

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