All resources in School Library Planning

A Visual Guideline to Staffing Choices in School Libraries

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Whether they are called school librarians, media specialists, teacher-librarians, or something else, school librarians are trained as teachers and additionally as librarians; they are qualified to work across their schools with all students, teachers and administrators. But many building principals, district administrators and even teachers don’t realize all the things strong school librarians SHOULD be doing in support of student achievement. The "Areas of Expertise" and the related skills listed here are ranked to show strength of training and experience. This list can also be cross-walked to the three 2017 AASL National School Library Standards frameworks (Learners, Librarians and Libraries) as well as the SL21 Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools . (Introduction to document)

Material Type: Reference Material

Authors: Brooke King, Debbie Hall, Donna Kearley, Dorcus Hand, Suzanne Lyons

Library Video Series

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These videos were produced under the leadership of Suzanna Panter, Library Coordinator of the Tacoma Public Schools (WA). They align with the 6 foundations of the AASL National School Library Standards. However, they are powerful advocacy tools to share with our stakeholders to illustrate the good work that librarians and library programs contribute to student s and learning.

Material Type: Other

Author: Suzanna Panter

Future Ready Evidence Template

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Simply make a copy of this template to be used in meetings when you are highlighting work you are doing. Just describe the project or task in the wedge(s) to which it applies. By filling out one of these templates at each meeting, you can gather evidence about what wedges have been focus areas. This could give you insight on future areas of work or help identify priorities.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Monica Treptow

Secondary Teacher Perceptions and Openness to Change Regarding Instruction in Information Literacy Skills

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Information literacy skills are needed to help solve real-world problems, but K–12 students lack these skills. The purpose of the study was to use Michael Fullan’s (2007) Change Theory initiation phase to investigate teachers’ perceptions of their own openness to change and about collaboration between a school librarian and a teacher in the context of information literacy instruction. An explanatory sequential mixed-methods study was used to analyze teacher perceptions by means of a quantitative survey and school librarians’ qualitative reactions (gathered in interviews) to the results of the survey. Classroom teachers indicated a belief that teaching information literacy skills was the role of both school librarians and teachers. However, grading, assessing students’ progress, and teaching content-related information were the role of the teacher. The classroom teachers and school librarians both reported collaboration by dividing the lesson instead of working together on standards, planning, and assessments. A key finding that could contribute to successful implementation of change is gathering input from individual teachers by means of surveys and discussions in department meetings and communicating educational changes through faculty and department meetings.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Sarah Crary

A Timeline for Completing a Library Long Range Plan (1).pdf

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A Timeline for Completing a District (K-12) Library Long Range Plan Prepared by Becki George, Rice Lake Area School District, 2/2021 Shared with Library Planning Group - CESA 1, 11, 12 - 2.24.2021 Disclaimer: This is the process we have used, successfully in my school district for a number of years. Adjust it as needed for your local situation. Key Questions: Is the plan aligned with or connected to District goals? Is the plan researched, supported with evidence, based on a needs assessment or survey data? Are the needs of students and staff supported by the plan? Is the plan realistic, manageable, and/or doable in 1 year? (or the duration of the plan)

Material Type: Other

Author: Becki George