The goal of the Principal Project, funded by ILILE, was to collect and disseminate resources to help administrators to better understand the role of the certified library media specialist and the importance of a strong library media program. Administrative support is vital to developing and maintaining a quality school library program. These resources offer ideas and suggestions for working closely with your school administrator to ensure that your program has a positive impact on teaching and learning.
Research for this project was coordinated by Ann E. Tepe.
Do Schools Need a Certified Library Media Specialist (LMS)?
The certified school librarian is a professional, trained to develop and manage the library program, to be a curriculum partner-leader and to provide instruction on critical thinking and information literacy skills.
The School Librarian's Role in the Electronic Age Simpson
Article discussing the changing roles of the library media specialist by Dr. Carol Simpson, Associate Professor, University of North Texas. LibraryInstruction.Com. 2003.
If a Tree Falls
PowerPoint® presentation on the value of the certified library media specialist and a quality school library program created by Joyce Valenza, school librarian at Springfield High School, Erdenheim, PA.
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The Value of the school LMS to student learning
Certified school librarians work with all teachers and all students. They are a school’s information specialist and help teachers integrate resources and technology to meet state standards.
Reinvent Your School’s Library and Watch Student Academic Achievement Increase
Online article by Connie Champlin and David Loertscher discussing why “...in any balanced diet for a learner, the library media center is a staple, not a frill.” 2003.
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School Libraries and Their Impact on Student Performance
Research Brief discussing the effects school libraries have on student achievement. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 2003.
Roles of the LMS
Library media specialists are both teachers and librarians. They motivate students to read, they collaborate with teachers in every subject area and they help students learn how to find, analyze and use information -- skills needed to be successful in school and the workplace.
NEW!! Reframing the Library Media Specialist as a Learning Specialist by Allison Zmuda and Violet H. Harada
NEW!! Where Does Your Authority Come From? Empowering the Library Media Specialist as a True Partner in Student Achievement by Allison Zmuda
NEW!! Impact as a 21st-Century Library Media Specialist by Peggy Milam Creighton
Roles and Responsibilities of the School Library Media Specialist
Excerpt from AASL’s Information Power defining roles of the certified librarian in the library media center. Revised 2007.
Roles of The School Library Media Specialist
Brief look at instructional, curriculum leadership, administrative, and professional roles. New Jersey Association of School Librarians. No date.
Standards for Required Professional Development of Teachers
Offers a common set of beliefs about teaching and learning for all educators. New Jersey Department of Education. 2006.
Technician or Technologist --Technology and the Role of the Library Media Specialist
Article by Mary Alice Anderson, lead library media specialist at Winona (Minnesota) Area Public Schools, discussing why technology must be a part of the library program. LMC Connection, Volume 24, No. 1, August/September 2005.
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Personnel Tools for LMS - Interview questions, Job Descriptions and Evaluation Forms
The library media specialist’s position differs from that of a classroom teacher and should have an appropriate job description and evaluation process. Additional examples of tools to manage this unique position will be found in the section on evaluating the school library program.
School Library/Media Job Descriptions
Examples from Ohio School districts provided through the State Library of Ohio.
Job descriptions for several library media positions from an independent school district in Texas.
Suggestions for questions to include when interviewing certified school librarians.
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Note: The following resources provide complete evaluation systems which can be adapted or used in part.
Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development
Includes position statements on school library staffing and links to evaluation tools from Alabama, Maine and South Carolina. AASL. Revised 2006.
Rubric for Evaluating the School Library Program and the LMS
Evaluation tool which can be adapted for local use. New Haven Public Schools, New Haven, CT. No date.