Dear Texas Campus School Librarians,

The Texas Library Association (TLA) is collecting data on school librarians’ activities. As part of our efforts to describe the importance of school librarians and school library programs to state leaders (particularly as the debate about the “65% rule” continues), TLA wants to assess the time campus librarians spend in an “average day” conducting various instructional and support activities.


The survey is short with only about a dozen “click on” answers, although there is room for extended comments at the end of the survey if you would like to offer additional information. The survey is divided into several sections. The primary sections deal with instructional time spent with full classes (and individual students in full classes);
instructional time spent with students on a one-to-one basis; time spent providing students and teachers with feedback and evaluation; and time spent on library operations.

The questions are designed to give us a sense of an average day. If you conduct collection development once a week for one hour and 15 minutes, then in an average workday, you would conduct 15 minutes of collection development. Also, please note that the total time of all the activities when added up should equal how long you work in an average day. So, you cannot “multitask” and assign one hour, for example, to two different categories.

Thank you, in advance, for taking a few minutes to provide us with this invaluable information. Final results will be posted on TLA’s website.


Go to> and click on the “TEKS Related Survey:>
Direct Instructional Activities (Campus Librarians Only).” It is the second item under Get Involved.

Gloria Meraz
Director of Communications
Texas Library Association