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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 12:00 pm

Nonfiction books in the Union School District libraries have an average copyright date of 1994, which is one thing the administration is working to change.

Aaron Jones, assistant superintendent, presented the board with a library and media services program evaluation during the December meeting.

Jones told the board that the state has guidelines on the average copyright date, as well as the number of printed or digital resources the libraries should have.

The district does meet the guidelines, but is on the lower end, Jones said.

“Working closely with (librarians), I know it has always been difficult to get those numbers up because the average cost of a book for the library is $20 to $22,” Jones said. “(The money) just doesn’t go very far.”

Jones said he will continue working with the district’s library personnel to come up with a long-term plan to increase resources and the copyright date.

One ongoing goal is to increase the number of resources available to students by 5 percent annually. The district did meet that goal in 2013, with an increase of 5.46 percent.

Ron Sohn, board member, encouraged Jones to look at alternative media, including digital.

“We can’t afford to buy books at that cost when you can turn around and, for the same price, you could get (several) copies of the same book digitally,” Sohn said.

Jones said it is a goal to figure out how technology and digital books fit into the picture. A meeting, which has been rescheduled because of previous bad weather, is set for Jan. 3.

Data Summary

A data result summary for each school is as follows:

A total of $5,300 was spent on books at Central Elementary in 2011-12 and $8,242 was spent in 2012-13. The number of printed resources decreased from 9,851 to 9,815.

The total number of resources printed, visual, magazines and newspapers decreased from 10,118 to 10,071. The average year of fiction held at 1995 and changed one year for nonfiction, from 1997 to 1998.

A total of $4,993 was spent on books at Clark Vitt in 2011-12. That number increased to $6,046 in 2012-13. The number of printed resources increased from 8,920 to 9,325.

The total number of resources printed, visual, magazines and newspapers increased from 9,242 to 9,633. The average year of fiction went from 1995 to 1994 and the average year of nonfiction books held at 1997.

A total of $2,800 was spent on books at Beaufort Elementary in 2011-12, which increased to $4,780 in 2012-13. The number of printed resources decreased from 8,568 to 7,657. The total number of resources printed, visual, magazines and newspapers also decreased, from 8,916 to 7,990.

The average year of fiction went from 1990 to 1993 and the average year of nonfiction decreased from 1997 to 1989. The decrease is due to the purging of some books that no longer met the state guidelines, Jones said.

The total amount spent on books at Union Middle School increased from $3,500 in 2011-12 to $4,150 in 2012-13. The number of printed resources decreased from 7,138 to 6,716.

The total number of resources printed, visual, magazines and newspapers also decreased, from 7,335 to 7,110. The average year of fiction held at 1999 and the average year of nonfiction increased from 1995 to 1998.

Funds spent on books at Union High School stayed the same from 2011-12 to 2012-13, at $8,432. The number of printed resources increased from 9,206 to 12,413.

The total number of resources printed, visual, magazines and newspapers increased from 9,429 to 12,623. The average year of fiction went from 2000 to 2002 and the average year of nonfiction decreased from 1991 to 1988.

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