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.
New School Library Media Specialist
New to the job? Knowledgeable leaders in the field provide valuable insights for a successful first experience.
NEW!! AASL Standards for 21st Century Learners
American Associate of School Libraries: “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offer vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders. They will both shape the library program and serve as a tool for library media specialists to use to shape the learning of students in the school.”
Follow the link below for a summary and additional documents for download.
Recommendations for the first-year school librarian. Discusses the library program, budget, networking and more by Justin Ashworth. School Library Journal, Sep2006, Vol. 52 Issue 9, p50-51, 2p, 2c. (AN 22324192)
School Librarians: A Field Guide to an Evolving Species
Joyce Kasman Valenza, School Librarian at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, PA., introduces the vital role of the school librarian to teachers new to the field. April 2002 issue of the Classroom Connect Newsletter, Volume 8 Number 7.
Media Center Staffing and Roles
Scroll up and down to see various staff positions with suggested responsibilities in this Media Center Administration section of the district Media Handbook. Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida. No date.
New on the Job: a School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success
This book by Ruth Toor and Hilda K. Weisburg will get daily use by the new school librarian. ALA Editions, Chicago IL. 2007.
The Blue Book on Literacy and Instruction for the Information Age
Written for the school librarian who needs to understand and instruct students in the skill of inquiry by Daniel Callison and Leslie Preddy. Libraries Unlimited. 2006.
The Technology Connection: Building a Successful Library Media Program
This book is a compilation of articles by leaders in the field and covers topics such as funding, curriculum integration, and promoting the library program. Edited by Kathleen Schrock. Linworth. 2000.