Farmer, Leslie J., and Marilyn Shontz. “School Library Journal’s Spending Survey.” School Library Journal. School Library Journal, 1 Apr. 2009. Web. 21 Nov. 2009. SLJ publishes an updated spending survey annually in its April issue.
I am now the Director of Libraries at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA. I received my Mastesr in Library Service from Rutgers University and have worked in both public library settings and independent schools for the past twelve years. At the start of my career, I drove over two hours from the Idyllwild Arts Academy each time there was a meeting of the Southern California Independent School Library Exchange (ISLE). When I am not overseeing the Viewpoint Libraries, or writing extensive questions on the AISL listserv, I can be found chasing (and reading to) my two daughters, age 2 and 5.
Picture this – a huge, light-filled library building with fabulous shelving, an extensive collection of print resources, the latest technology, and attractive, colorful seating for your young patrons. Could this be paradise? It could – if that building and program plan suits the individual school, and that school can afford to maintain the building, the collection, and the requisite staff over time. Without that ongoing commitment of money, this huge light-filled library building will not be well-used by students and it will quickly lose its luster.