Effective school library programs and professionally trained teacher librarians play an essential role in the instructional program of each school and student achievement. In 2006, a requirement that each school district in Iowa employ a qualified teacher librarian and have in place an articulated, sequential K-12 library program became a part of 281--Iowa Administrative Code 12.3(12).
life-long learning is the ultimate goal of schools in our society, and that the library program is vital to creating independent, informed, responsible learners who are ready for college, career and life.
qualified teacher librarians lead effective school library programs and have been educated and certified to perform interlinked, interdisciplinary, and cross-cutting roles as instructional leaders, program administrators, educators, collaborative partners, and information specialists.
the teacher librarian works in collaboration with teachers, administrators, support staff and parents to provide learning experiences that promote student achievement.
the library program promotes critical thinking, engagement with information in all its forms and the responsible use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
the library program fosters and supports the development of literacy and reading for enjoyment and for information as reading is the core of personal and academic competency.
the library curriculum promotes inquiry learning through information literacy instruction that enhances and reinforces classroom content and instruction.
the library program cultivates connections with the larger learning community by providing students access to learning resources and activities beyond classroom and school walls.
all children have the right to equal access to literature, information and information technologies.
the diverse needs and learning styles of students require differentiation in learning resources and instruction.
a rich and abundant collection of resources in many formats is essential to meet the teaching and learning needs of the school curriculum, and to reflect diversity and intellectual freedom principles.
- School Librarians at the Heart of Transformation
- INFORMATION SPECIALIST
- INSTRUCTIONAL PARTNER
- PROGRAM ADMINSTRATOR
Technology plays a crucial role in every aspect of the teacher librarian (TL). As an information specialist TLs use technology tools to supplement school resources, assist in the creation of engaging learning tasks, connect the school with the global learning community, communicate with students and classroom teachers at any time, and provide 24-7 access to library services. A teacher librarian introduces and models emerging technologies, as well as strategies for finding, assessing, and using information. I am a leader in software and hardware evaluation, establishing the processes for such evaluation to take place. Doing so requires frequent evaluation of the use
Expertise in the ethical use of information also remains a cornerstone of this teacher librarian's role as information specialist. As copyright options continue to expand for creators, the teacher librarian must be versed in the theoretical grounding and practical application of such Iaws in order to teach the ethical use of information to the learning community. This involves new understandings of fair use and forms of licensing that allow users to modify original content. Students, teachers, and other members of the educational community look to the teacher librarian to set guidelines for navigating fair use issues.
In the role of the teacher the TL empowers students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. The TL supports students' success by guiding them to:
- read for understanding, breadth, and pleasure
- use information for defined and self-defined purposes
- build on prior knowledge and construct new knowledge
- embrace the world of information and all its formats
- work with each other in successful collaborations for learning
- constructively assess their own work and the work of their peers
- become their own best critics
The teacher librarian advocates for reading for pleasure and supports reading comprehension skills across all formats. The teacher librarian has the resources to build a library collection that reflects the needs of learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and with diverse abilities and aspirations. A leading SLMS stays abreast of both national trends of popular reading material and student interests within the school community. I advocate for reading in all formats, such as graphic novels, periodicals, and online sources.
As outlined in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning the teacher librarian works with members of the school community to develop the policies, practices, and curricula to guide student learning. The teacher librarian collaborates with classroom teachers to develop assignments that are matched to academic standards and include key critical thinking skills, technology and information literacy skills, and core social skills and cultural competencies. The teacher librarian guides instructional design by working with the classroom teacher to establish learning objectives and goals, and by implementing assessment strategies before, during, and after assigned units of study.
As program administrator, the teacher librarian ensures that all members of the learning community have access to resources that meet a variety of needs and interests. The implementation of a successful school library program requires the collaborative development of a program mission, strategic plan, and policies, as well as the effective management of staff, the program budget, and the physical and virtual spaces. The teacher librarian also addresses broader educational issues with other educators in the building, at the district level, and at the professional association level.
The Keystone AEA Library Program serve as a learning and resource hub for administration, teachers, students and other members of the school community to share information and ideas (ALA Bill of Rights). As a certified teacher librarian, the goal in this role is to educate, promote, and protect the intellectual freedom of all the patrons within the school community that aligns with the Agency's vision to improve learning for all.
We understand the importance to make known the principles that guide the work of the librarian and the library staff who work within the media program. The American Librarian Association states the values to which we are committed and embodies the ethical responsibilities of the profession in this world's ever-changing information environment (Code of Ethics, ALA).
Keystone AEA is committed to serving each patron's intellectual freedom rights, their right to privacy, all the while promoting, protecting and educating patrons on the standards of copyright. These principles are ethical frameworks that guide this school library program's decision making to best serve our school library patrons to provide a positive learning environment.
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- National School Library Standards (2018)
- National School Library Standards crosswalk with Future Ready Librarians (2018)
- Iowa Department of Education and Iowa School Library Program Standards
- ISTE Standards for Students (2017)
- ISTE Standards for Educators (2017)
- INFORMATION FLUENCY CONTINUUM Benchmark Skills for Grades K-12 (2014)
- Library Bill of Rights
- Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights
Many studies have been done in regards to the importance of successful experiences with children's literacy development (McGill-Franzen and Allington (2003), Guthrie and Anderson (1999), Cunningham and Stanovich (1998), Anderson, Wilson and Fielding (1988). What the research says has been clear. Children raised in homes that promote family literacy grow up to be better readers and do better in school than children raised in homes where literacy is not promoted.
Keystone Area Education Agency is an invested promoter of literacy within our school community and want to foster a love of literacy within the homes of our students. We understand that reading proficiency by third grade is an important predictor of school success, and that early identification and ongoing support for readers who struggle is an essential component (Anne E. Casey Foundation, 2013). According to Iowa law (Iowa Code section 279.68 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62) beginning in 2017, school districts must provide an intensive summer reading program for any student between their 3rd and 4th grade year who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading. To support this effort, Keystone Area Education Agency would like to encourage a love of literacy within the home as well as encourage parents and guardians to get involved with their children's literacy efforts within the summer months.
|As a parent or the guardian there are easy ways to encourage reading in the home. Here are a few helpful tips to covet a love of literacy with your family:
Visiting the library together is a great way to foster family literacy activities. Not only do libraries often offer access to books on a wide range of literacy levels and subjects, there are many community literacy projects happening throughout the year as well. Guest speakers, reading clubs, poetry reading, workshops, storytelling and craft projects are among some of the activities both of our local public libraries offer to their patrons.