| State of Arkansas As Engrossed: H3/27/03 H4/2/03
84th General Assembly A Bill Act 1786 of 2003
Regular Session, 2003 HOUSE BILL 2791
By: Representative R. Smith
For An Act To Be Entitled
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY ACT; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES
AND TECHNOLOGY ACT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
SECTION 1. (a) It is the intent of the General Assembly to articulate the functions served by each of the components of a school library media services program.
(b) The General Assembly is committed to the development and improvement of strong library media programs in all schools.
(c) It is the intent of the General Assembly that library media specialists be given time to fulfill their responsibilities under this act.
SECTION 2. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Public School Library Media and Technology Act".
SECTION 3. (a) A “Library media services programs” means a program of information and media services in schools delivered by a library media specialist whose job includes duties as:
(1) An information specialist whose primary job function is to:
(i) Provide resources available to patrons through a systematically developed collection within the school and through access to resources outside the school;
(ii) Provide assistance to patrons in identifying, locating, and interpreting information housed in and outside the library media center;
(iii) Provide learning opportunities related to new technologies, use, and production of a variety of media formats;
(iv) Provide instruction in the use of the library media center; and
(B) Elementary class sessions for a library media specialist shall be limited as provided under subdivision (b)(1) of this section; and
(2) An instructional consultant whose primary job function is to:
(A) Participate in building district, department, and grade level curriculum development and assessment projects;
(B) Provide professional development in new and emerging technologies, use of appropriate technologies, incorporation of technology into the instructional program, and the laws and policies pertaining to the use and communication of ideas and information including copyright law; and
(C) Keep patrons informed of new acquisitions of software and hardware and instruct patrons in its optimal use.
(3) A teacher of information and technology skills whose primary job function is to:
(A) Provide assistance in the use of technology to access information and networks that will enhance access to resources;
(B) Develop and implement a plan that ensures skills are taught in a logical sequence for kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12);
(C) Provide expertise and instruction in the use of electronic retrieval systems, such as electronic card catalog and computer generated bibliographies; and
(D) Provide instruction in the use of the library media center.
(b)(1) No less than one-third (1/3) of the library media specialist's time shall be spent as an information specialist, allowing time for administrative tasks such as ordering of books and materials, processing items for usage, financial planning and accountability, organizing, directing, and evaluating the library media program and other management duties.
(2) Class size shall as set forth in the Standards of Accreditation for Arkansas Public Schools.
SECTION 4. (a)(1) Only trained and certified library media service program personnel shall be assigned to carry out duties of the library media specialist.
(2) Library media clerks may carry out clerical duties supervised by the library media specialist.
(b) Duties may not be assigned outside the library media center for the library media specialist that interfere with library media center responsibilities.
(c) Equipment and personnel shall be available for the developmentally appropriate production of a wide range of media for students and faculty.
SECTION 5. (a) Media centers shall have written policies to establish guidelines for the selection, removal, and retention of materials.
(b) The school district will have a written policy for addressing challenged material.
SECTION 6. The school media collection should provide resources that contribute to lifelong learning, while accommodating a wide range of difference in instructional methods, interest, and capabilities.
/s/ R. Smith