Cathy Higgins, Pam Tinker, Kathy Lane, Dorothy Grazier, Elsie Domingo, Helen Burnham, Paula Chessin, Elaine Allard, Bob McLaughlin, Andrea Ange
Librarians should be: Skilled Educators ◦ Designs and implements instruction ◦ Assesses student learning ◦ Instructional Collaborator ◦ Designs and Provides Professional Development ◦ Integrates Emerging Technologies
Literacy and Reading Instructor ◦ Collaborates to design and implement authentic and engaging reading instruction ◦ Develops a collection of resources for diverse learners ◦ Models and promotes lifelong learning
Information Specialist ◦ Ensures equitable and ethical use of learning resources ◦ Identifies and addresses barriers to equitable access ◦ Demonstrates proficient use of 21st century tools and resources
Provides leadership: ◦ Advocates the library program’s centrality using evidence based reflective practice and research data ◦ Promotes intellectual freedom and privacy rights ◦ Networks with other libraries ◦ Actively participates in creating a culture of academic excellence in their school
Administers the school library program: ◦ Manages, organizes, and evaluates the school library program’s fiscal, physical and human resources ◦ Ensures that the library’s resources and services are aligned with the school’s mission and learning priorities
All school systems must employ a district library director to provide leadership and direction to the overall library program. The district director is a member of the administrative staff and serves on committees that determine the criteria and policies for the districts curriculum and instructional programs. The director communicates the goals and needs of both the school and district library programs to the superintendent, board of education, other district-level personnel, and the community. In this advocacy role, the district library director advances the concept of the school librarian as a partner with teachers and promotes a staffing level that allows the partnership to flourish.
Staffing issues in Large and Small Districts ◦ Guaranteeing Equity for Students District Wide ◦ Need for Qualified Supervision and Coordination of Services ◦ Mentoring for Non-Certified and Certified Staff ◦ Quality Control of Instructional Resources for Learning (306.08)