School Services

Peace Library System offers three packages of service to schools and school jurisdictions. The Seed and Core packages are available on a fee-per-pupil basis. Other services are also available on a user-pay basis.
1. Seed Package
The Seed Package provides a full range of technical services for school libraries - ordering, purchasing, cataloguing, processing and delivery of library materials.

The Peace Library System's Technical Services are designed to eliminate or reduce the routine work that school librarians have to perform in their technical services area, thereby freeing them to spend more time serving students and staff. Besides centralizing the performance of certain tasks, Technical Services also offers some savings to members by making large volume purchases on their behalf.

  1. Discount Ordering of Library Materials.
  2. Centralized Ordering of Library Materials: Member libraries decide what library materials they wish to purchase, while the System takes care of ordering and payment.
  3. Processing and Cataloguing: Onsite processing and cataloguing of library materials.
  4. Library Materials Allotment: A fund account for each member library for the purchase of library materials.
  5. Bestseller Programs: Three programs providing members with rapid access to current, high-demand paperback, adult hardcover, children's materials.
  6. Library Supplies: In-stock library supplies available to member libraries at discounted prices.

2. Core Package
The Core Package includes a number of general consulting services provided by a professional librarian with an Alberta teaching certificate or equivalent experience.

  1. Orientation sessions for new librarians
  2. Regularly scheduled library visits
  3. Consulting assistance in areas of library management, collection development, automation, and programming
  4. Provision of information by phone, e-mail or mail
  5. Production of a quarterly newsletter

3. User-Pay Services

A number of services are offered outside of the three packages on a user-pay basis.

  1. Collections of Books for Loan: Collections of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults are available for loan to school libraries either in blocks or individual items
  2. Continuing Education and Workshops: Designed for member librarians and trustees, these provide information relating to the management and operation of libraries. A highlight each year is the two-day Rural Libraries Conference which draws speakers from across Alberta.
  3. Automation Consulting: planning for library automation
  4. Retrospective Conversion of school libraries' catalogue records into machine-readable format.
  5. Author Readings: by Alberta or Canadian authors.
  6. Large Scale Consulting Projects and In-service Events such as workshops, collection evaluations, weeding, and space planning.