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Accreditation Standard #4.11
School Provides Comprehensive Technology and Media Services and Personnel

The school provides access for all students to comprehensive technology and media services and personnel that support the curricular and instructional programs.

Explanatory Standards (ES)

    1. As an information resource center, the school may choose to maintain either of the following:

      • A traditional library/media center with allowance to make digital additions to its services, rather than acquiring additional, traditional print media.
      • An information resource center providing digital information that has some criteria equivalent to the standards that now exist for print materials.

      1. The information resource center (IRC) offers instruction and research training in both print and electronic resources.

      2. The IRC has policies and procedures which reflect the school’s Christian philosophy in the selection of books and materials and contains a selection and review policy to evaluate the appropriateness of materials for student use.

      3. The lRC contains a minimum of 1,500 usable and acceptable library volumes or 10 volumes per student, whichever is greater; or provides equivalent information resources, either through a combination of print and digital resources, or digital resources.

      4. The lRC maintains a comprehensive and balanced information and media collection in print and digital formats balanced in variety and adequate in quantity to meet the needs of the school’s curriculum and instructional presentations.

      5. The IRC ensures that all students and staff members have regular, ready access to information and media services, materials, and equipment.

      6. The IRC properly catalogs its holdings.

      7. The IRC maintains an annual budget that includes sufficient expenditures to support a comprehensive, balanced, and growing information and media collection.

      8. The IRC ensures that the information and media staff collaborates with other professional staff members to attain maximum benefit from the resources.

      9. The IRC possesses a policy and procedure for responding to challenged materials.

      10. The IRC possesses and publishes a policy on acceptable use of the Internet.

      11. The IRC provides for Early Childhood centers either centralized or decentralized information resources for the children. (see Strand 7 Early Childhood for further specifics.)

    2. The school assigns personnel to the information resource center according to a formula based upon student population.

      1. If enrollment is 400 or more full-time equivalent students (FTE), a full-time information resource specialist is employed.

      2. If the enrollment is 100 to 399 (FTE), a half-time information resource specialist is employed

      3. If the enrollment is less than 100 (FTE), an information resource consultant,who consults monthly (regularly) to assist non-qualified staff in planning, instruction, and management for information resource, is retained.

      4. Early childhood stand-alone programs are exempt from library/media and information resource personnel qualifications.

    3. The school assigns personnel to the information resource center who have professional training.

      1. A full-time information services specialist or consultant satisfies one of the following criteria:
        1. has state certification in library/media science or information services, or
        2. is certifiable in library/media science, or information services, or
        3. has a degree in library/media science or information services, or documentation of active pursuit of such; or,
        4. has an academic and/or professional background and experience sufficient to warrant assignment to this position which is verified in writing for the visiting team chair.

      2. A part-time information services specialist satisfies one of the following criteria:
        1. completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in library/media science or information services, or
        2. has an academic background and experience to warrant assignment to this position which is verified in writing for submission to the visiting team chair.

      3. Early childhood stand-alone programs are exempt from information resource personnel qualifications.(See Strand 7 Early Childhood for further specifics.)