Starting a School Library Program from Scratch

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AASL Program Guidelines

American Association of School Librarians. Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. Defining the future direction of school library programs, this document is a school library program vision statement based on the Standards for the 21st Century Learner.


American Association of School Librarians. Learning4Life: A National Plan for the Implementation of Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs A downloadable document describing the national level implementation plan for AASL's current student learning and school library program standards.


American Association of School Librarians. A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners: with School Library Program Assessment Rubric. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined with Britannica Digital Learning to co-publish an online, interactive school library program planning module and workbookto help school librarians implement the AASL program guidelines.


American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. This is the overview document for the current AASL standards for student learning through school library programming. It describes the common beliefs behind the standards and delineates the standards for the 21st century learner to achieve.


American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. This publication provides instructional support for teaching the essential skills defined in the Standards for the 21st Century Learner document. It describes benchmarks and gives action examples by grade level.


These are the latest publications from AASL on its 21st-century learning standards and school library programs. These materials may be obtained from AASL. Ordering information


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Books

Downs, Elizabeth. The School Library Media Specialist's Policy and Procedure Writer New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2009. ISBN 9781555706210. In one detailed multimedia source, you'll find everything you need to evaluate your library's current policies and procedures, and suggestions to help you develop new ones in today's more complex digital content environment.


Erikson, Rolf, and Carolyn Markuson. Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000. ISBN 0-8389-0790-3 Other than the students themselves, nobody will be affected more by a school library building, remodeling or renovation project than the school librarian. Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future will help the librarian anticipate needs and participate in the planning process with the architect, consultant(s), building committee and administrators. As technology is driving many projects, the book outlines how networking issues affect the design of the space. It presents a lay person explanation of interior zone planning, furniture selection and purchasing, lighting, etc.


Martin, Barbara Stein and Marco Zannier. Fundementals of School Library Media Management New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2009. ISBN 9781555706562. Co-authors Barbara Stein Martin, an experienced professor of school librarianship, and accomplished school librarian Marco Zannier present a practical tool to help you fully understand and confidently master the extensive services and skills involved in running a school library.


Nebraska Educational Media Association Guide for Developing and Evaluating School Library Programs, Seventh Edition. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2010. ISBN 978-1-59158-717-0. This is a practical and useable reference for developing and evaluating school library programs that meet the needs of 21st century learners, teachers, and administrators.


Valenza, Joyce. Power Tools Recharged: 125+ Essential Forms and Presentations for Your School Library Media Program. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004. ISBN 0-8389-0880-2 A completely revised hands-on guide to address school librarians' most pressing issues. A collection of must-have, customizable tools to help you administer and assess your school library program, teach and support students, and make presentations to stakeholders.



Wasman, Ann M. New Steps to Service: Common-Sense Advice for the School Library Media Specialist. Chicago: American Library Association, 1998. ISBN 0-8389-3483-8. Recent library school graduates, nonlibrarians, and others unfamiliar with the process may find setting up and running a school library a daunting task. New Steps to Service is a user-friendly, practical guide for creating and maintaining a school library that works for students and you.

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Online Resources

Preparing a School Library Program Development Plan (PDF) The article describes the planning process from vision through assessing needs, planning improvements, implementing plans and evaluating progress. An excellent introductory article with resources for further reading. It includes a sample development plan with action plan checklist.

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