[library-media] New data--School Library Book Prices
sharylsmith at att.net
Tue Feb 28 13:01:18 MST 2012
New from The School Library Journal, March 2012 issue--the latest figures on
school library books prices. See my email below, mailed this morning to the
Executive Appropriations Committee members. (Their meeting for today was
cancelled, giving more time for us to let them know this new,
important information. Read on and, please, pull what you need to act on it.
Don't forget to take off my name, etc. !)
There may yet be new support for "school library books and electronic resources"
if we work on it!
Dear [Rep.____ or Sen. ____]
The average price of books for school libraries in 2011 was $25.27.* Using this
figure and calculating Utah’s student population at 587,743 students in the
current school year,** the amount requested, $500,000, will yield $.85 per
student, or one new book for every 30 students.
If the proposed $500,000 were added to ongoing funds for school library books
and electronic resources, the funding would supply one new book for every 15
Currently, there is great disparity in what districts spend from the WPU for
school library books and electronic resources. For example, one large urban
district allocates $2.85 per student, while a neighboring district spends $10.00
Thank you for your past support. Please consider the current request:
Please fund the $500,000 request for school library books and electronic
resources. If we want Utah students to be accomplished readers and critical
thinkers, we must support school library programs!
Dr. Sharyl G. Smith
University of Washington Information School Faculty, retired
Former Utah State Specialist for Library Media, Utah State Office of Education
Former Granite School District Administrator
*Source: Al Greco, Fordham University School of Business, reported in The School
Library Journal, (March 2012), the average price for books in 2011 as children's
hardcover ($21.55), young adult hardcover ($24.97), and hardcover adult (for
high schools) fiction ($27.67), and nonfiction books ($26.38). The average,
before cataloging records and book processing are added in, is $25.27.
**Source: USOE “Fingertip Facts”
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