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Chapter 4

CURRICULUM

4.9 LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES (MEDIA CENTRES)

4.9.1Legislative and Policy Framework

ACTS

  • The South African Schools Act, No. 84 of 1996 (Section 5A)  [SASA] 

 

REGULATIONS

  • Regulations Relating to the Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure, Government Gazette No. 37081, of 29 November 2013 [NR SINF]

 

Mpumalanga

POLICY

  • Mpumalanga Department of Education: Mpumalanga School Library Policy, 2010 [Reference B6 LIB2010]

WesternCape

GUIDELINES

  • WCED Knowledge Management Minute: 0005/2016 Microsoft Schools Agreement July 2015 to June 2020 [Reference B9 0005/2016]

4.9.2Framework for the Development of School Policy on Library and Information Services

The SASA determines in Section 5A that the Minister may by regulation prescribe minimum uniform norms and standards for school infrastructure and the provision of learning and teaching support materials, and that such norms and standards must provide for inter alia a library.

The Minister of Basic Education in May 2010 announced that a document titled National Guidelines for School Libraries and Information Services would be released in June 2010. The document has not yet been released, however, the Regulations Relating to the Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure was published in 2013. This document provides little guidance in terms of norms for school libraries.

4.9.3Guidelines for the Development on School Policy on Library and Information Services

In the absence of departmental policy on libraries and information systems, a school could use the following framework to develop its own policy:

  • The library as media and information centre
  • Aims of the library as media and information centre
  • Facilities and security
  • Committee for media and information
  • Administration and management
  • Stock building
    • Equipment (hardware)
    • Books, periodicals and software
  • Organisation of media stock
  • Teachers’ reference collections
  • Stock taking
  • Use of library by teachers and learners