1960:The supervisor… “ works with administrators,teaching staff, & other supervisors to provide bettereducational experiences for children & young people. ” American Association of School Librarians (AASL), 1960, p. 42
1968:The value of the supervisor as one who “ interpret[s] therole of the library to everyone...so that people are madeaware of the importance of the library in all places in theschool program. ” Saunders, 1968, p. 149
1975:“ [T]he director of the district program [is] in a key role in decision-making related to setting overall goals, analyzing curriculum, selecting instructional modes, & establishing & maintaining responsible evaluative processes. ” American Library Association (ALA/AASL) & Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT), 1975, p. 11
1988:“ The director communicates the goals & needs of both the school & district library media programs to the superintendent, board of education, other district-level personnel, & the community. ” ALA/AASL & AECT, 1988, pp. 102-103
1998:The supervisor… “ offer[s] special support to school librarymedia specialists in such areas as advocacy, technicalservices, cooperative programming, opportunities forresource sharing & leadership on a wide range of issues. ALA /AASL & AECT, 1998, pp. 124-125 ”
The Lilead Project: Baseline Data • Position profiles • Knowledge & skills required for the position • Greatest challenges & needs • Demographic data
Under Investigation What?When? Why? Where?
What does a supervisor do? PGCPS Job Description: Director, School Library Media Programs Planning, organizing and developing standardization and evaluating organizational efforts and procedures to ensure strategic utilization of contracting goals and objectives Carrying out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organization’s policies and applicable laws which include interviewing, hiring, staff development, staff supervision, complaint resolution and problem solving
Other duties as assigned… State testing program, English and reading observations, and other administrative duties Secondary language arts curriculums, secondary social science curriculums, Common Core planning, and other administrative duties Fine arts, music and world languages, and visual art
Where is your supervisor? “ The supervisor? Of libraries? In our schools? ”“ There is no library supervisor. ” “ This page cannot be found. ”
On the district website…?
Does Visibility Matter?“ A key role of the supervisor is to serve as a partner with the entire educational community to support student achievement goals and objectives. ” AASL. (May, 2012). Position statement on the school library supervisor.
36% When can your supervisor help? 36% 91% 94% 95%
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Why is a supervisor important?• Integrating digital resources• Implementing Common Core standards• Creating 21st Century libraries
“ …I would always like additional profession development in digital devices, digital content, digital management, etc. We must always be aware of the latest advancement influencing the way we operate our programs. ” -Survey respondent
Why is yoursupervisorimportant?“ What principals & teachers need to learn is the role of the librarian and how to work with ” that person. - Keith Curry Lance
Your Supervisor Affects You! Our goal is to find out how. Q&A
ReferencesAmerican Association of School Librarians. (May, 2012). Position statement on the school library supervisor. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslissues/positionstatements/supervisorAmerican Association of School Librarians. (1960). Standards for School Library Programs. Chicago: American Library Association, p. 42.ALA & AECT. (1998). Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. Chicago: American Library Association, pp. 124-125.ALA & AECT. (1988). Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. Chicago: American Library Association. pp. 102-103.ALA & AECT. (1975). Media Programs: District and School. Chicago: American Library Association. p. 11.Pascopella, A. (Jan. 2005). Heart of the school. District Administration. Retrieved from http://www.districtadministration.com/article/heart-schoolSaunders, H. E., (1975). The Modern School Library. 2nd ed. Revised by Nancy Polette. The Scarecrow Press, Inc., Metuchen, NJ, p. 149.