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The Library Advisory Committee

Since the library affects the entire school, many librarians need input from teachers, students, administrators and parents to adequately plan their library program. One of the best ways to get input from users is to form an advisory group that meets regularly to help set the mission, policies, goals and objectives. The advisory committee can also play an important role in planning and revising programs in the library and becoming advocates for the library. In particular, the advisory committee can help plan for budgetary expenditures, so that requests for funding cannot be construed as serving the librarian’s vested interest for their own program. This takes some pressure off the librarian when requests far exceed resources (Woolls, 2008).


The principal should be an active participant in the advisory committee and can work with the librarian set the parameters for the other members of the group. The members of the advisory committee should have a clear purpose or charge and should help establish the purpose of the group and define their particular roles. One an advisory committee has been formed the strategic planning process can begin (Woolls, 2008).




References
Woolls, Blanche (2008). The school library media manager (4th edition). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.