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AASL Educator Pre-Service Task Force Committee

In: American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Task Forces

It's time to schedule another conference call, and we'd like to see if your schedules can be agreeable this Thursday or Friday before Thanksgiving week. I can secure a call-in number for the group once we have identified a date/time. Please complete the Doodle calendar poll below by 9 a.m. Wednesday 11/14 to let us know what your availability. Once we determine the date/time agreeable to most, I will post the details and call-in number to our space here on ALA Connect

DiScala, J., and Subramaniam, M. (2011). Evidence-based practice: A practice towards leadership credibility among school librarians. School Libraries  Worldwide, 17(2), 59-69. (DS 9/12)

Farmer, L. (2007). Principals: Catalysts for Collaboration. School  Libraries Worldwide, 13(1), 56-65. Retrieved from Library Information  Science & Technology Abstracts Full Text database.(DS 9/12)

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Online Doc Links and resources

by David Schuster on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Links for inclusion in the toolkit


From Essential links - L4L

http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/guidelinesandstandards/learning4life/resources/sample_job_description_L4L.pdf  - Sample job desription


Sample Evaluation form

Links for inclusion in the toolkit


From Essential links - L4L

http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/guidelinesandstandards/learning4life/resources/sample_job_description_L4L.pdf  - Sample job desription


Sample Evaluation form

http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/guidelinesandstandards/learning4life/resources/LMS-DANIELSON.pdf - 



Links for Planning and Assessment



From Essential Links - L4L



From Essential Links - L4L - Online program assessment and planning module



Standards for the 21st Century Learner

Posted by Michelle Easley 




Kachel, D. (2013). Librarian Required. School Library Journal, 59(3), 28.


The article discusses research by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) with the education advocacy group Education Law Center (ELC) about the impact of school librarians on academic achievement, according to their report "Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic Standards." Topics includes research about school library programs, their impact on minority students, as well as the impact of library programs on reading test scores. (abstract from ebscohost)

LANCE, K. (2012). School Librarian Staffing Linked with Gains in Student Achievement, 2005 to 2011. Teacher Librarian, 39(6), 15-19.


The article discusses a study conducted to examine the impact of school librarian staffing on student achievement with an emphasis on two important factors namely time and poverty. It cites the belief of school librarians about the primacy of reading and their role in teaching it. An analysis of staffing data and CSAP reading scores in 2005 and 2011 was done to determine the impact of school librarians on student achievement over time. The study focused on students in the advanced and unsatisfactory groups and reading results by school were summarized. The results indicated a positive and statistically significant relationship between advanced reading levels and endorsed librarian staffing trends. (abstract from ebscohost)

Lamb, A. (2011). Bursting with Potential: Mixing a Media Specialist's Palette. Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning, 55(4), 27-36.


School media specialists must be teachers, leaders, and advocates for reading, inquiry, and learning. Partnering with classroom teachers, they must design and implement curriculum and instruction that prepare young citizens for a life that requires thinking, inquiry, problem-solving and ethical behavior. These experiences provide the foundation for all content-area learning. In order to be prepared for a constantly changing environment, professionals need to revisit, reframe, and re-imagine knowledge, skills, attitudes, and dispositions. In this article, the author presents six tools that form a media specialist's palette to help them meet these challenges. Along with these tools, specific ideas and examples are presented that illustrate how this palette of tools can be used in the media center on a daily basis. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]


HAY, L. (2012). Experience the "Shift": Build an iCentre. Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 29-35. 

The article discusses the use of iCentres, or multimedia production facilities, in Australian school libraries. The Australian federal programs Building the Education (BER), Digital Education Revolution (DER), and the Australian National Curriculum Framework and their effect on transitioning schools toward digital education methods are discussed. Technology, information, and librarian expertise available in an iCentre are explored. Steps toward building an iCentre, technology staff, and resourcing in school communities are also evaluated. (abstract from ebscohost)


Hough, M. (2011). Libraries as iCentres: Helping Schools Face the Future. School Library Monthly, 27(7), 8-11.



The article offers information on iCentre which is reportedly crucial in helping students prepare for the future. It states that school libraries needs to evolve into iCenters as it is more relevant for the contemporary world. It discusses how schools and students can benefit from iCenters and the importance of knowing the trends in information and communication technologies. It also presents key ideas on building iCenter capabilities in schools. (abstract from ebscohost)


**I realize the last two articles do not represent my assigned area; however, I felt it was worthwhile to include them.


Posted by Michelle Easley



posted by Jill Bellomy


Policy Statements:

Library Bill of Rights



Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program

An Interpretation of the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS




American Association of School Librarians. (2007) "Intellectual Freedom 101" Knowledge Quest, v. 36, no. 2.

This issue of Knowledge Quest and the related KQWeb archive includes articles, interviews, research, and links to intellectual freedom resources of primary interest to school librarians.




Adams, Helen R. (2008) Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program . Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN 0-8389-0798-9.

Unique, thorough, practical book specifically addressing intellectual freedom in schools. Provides insights on collection development and challenges; filtering and access; confidentiality and library records, etc. 




Posted by Jill Bellomy


Policy Statement:

Position Statement on Flexible Scheduling





McGregor, Joy, Ph.D. (April 2006) Flexible Scheduling: Implementing an InnovationSchool Library Media Research, Vol. 9.

A study on implementing flexible schedules, includes a review of the literature and interview results.


Putnam, Eleonor. (Fall 1996) The Instructional Consultant Role of the Elementary School Library Media Specialist and the Effects of Program Scheduling on its Practice. School Library Media Quarterly 25, no. 1: 43-49. Originally published in School Library Media Quarterly, it has been reprinted online in School Library Media Research.




Public Education Network and American Association of School Librarians. The Information-Powered School. Edited by Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Anne Wheelock. Chicago: American Library Association, 2001. ISBN 0-8389-3514-1

Outlines a specific plan for school librarians and teachers to share the responsibilities of planning, teaching, and assessing student learning and offering a truly coherent curriculum.  Includes tips on gathering the support of teachers and principals, on managing new roles and responsibilities, and on leading the charge to integrate information literacy and technology into curricula.  

These are articles that I come across and would love your feedback on them.  Should they be included in the toolkit as a resource?  Please use the comment section under each article to post your thoughts.  If you don't have access to a particular article I can get it for you just let me know.

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Parr, K. (2012). The impact of school libraries on student achievement and success. Mississippi Libraries, 75(1), 18-22. Retrieved fromhttp://www.misslib.org/index.php/publications/mississippi-libraries/




anklin, P. & Stephens, C. (2009, May). Use standards to draw curriculum maps. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 25(9), 44.




Baldini M. & Harper M. (2008). Making correlations: Part 4: Budget allocation, advocating, and planning. Knowledge Quest, 36(5) [Online companion]. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/knowledgequest/kqwebarchives/v36/365/harpercopy/newcopy4.




(2001). Librarians, teachers & principals agree “Power Libraries” lead to higher student test scores. Retrieved fromhttp://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/178powerlibs.pd




Lee, E. A., & Klinger, D. A. (2011, January). Against the flow: A continuum for evaluating and revitalizing school libraries. School Libraries Worldwide, 17(1), 24-36.




Doiron, R. (2002). An administrator's guide to collection development. School Libraries In Canada21(4), 18.




"Transitions to Digital Media:  Are school libraries on the way out?"




Articles originally posted in the AASL - Connection Section

DiScala, J., and Subramaniam, M. (2011). Evidence-based practice: A practice towards leadership credibility among school librarians. School Libraries  Worldwide, 17(2), 59-69. (DS 9/12)

Farmer, L. (2007). Principals: Catalysts for Collaboration. School  Libraries Worldwide13(1), 56-65. Retrieved from Library Information  Science & Technology Abstracts Full Text database.(DS 9/12)

Hartzell, G. (2012), An Advocacy Mosaic.  School Library Monthly, 29(1), 31-32.(DS 9/12)

Harvey,  C. A., II. (2009). Principal perspective. Part 3: Advocacy and shared  vision.  School Library Media Activities Monthly,  25(6), 51-53. (DS 9/12)

Jones, J. L. (2012,  May/June). Caring: a bridge to a new era. Knowledge Quest, 40(5), 6-7. (DS 9/12)

Taylor, C. (2010). Thinking Out of the Box: Fundraising During Economic  Downturns. Serials Librarian,59(3/4), 370-383.  doi:10.1080/03615261003623120. Retrieved from Library Information Science &  Technology Abstracts Full Text database(DS 9/12)

Marcoux,  E. (2008). Advocacy and the teacher-librarian. Teacher Librarian, 36(2),  6-7,84. Retrieved fromhttp://libproxy.library.unt.edu:7125/docview/224889250/abstract?accountid=7113 (DS 9/12)Marcoux, B. (2008). School Library 911. Medium33(1), 8-10.  Retrieved from Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts Full Text  database. (DS 9/12)

Morris, B. J. (2007). Principal Support for Collaboration. School  Libraries Worldwide13(1), 23-24.  Retrieved from Library  Information Science & Technology Abstracts Full Text database. (DS 9/12)

Shannon, D. M. (2012). Perceptions of School Library Programs and School  Librarians. Teacher Librarian39(3), 17-22. Retrieved from  Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts Full Text database.(DS 9/12)


Young,  R.R. (2008). Eight easy steps to maintain and increase the library media center  budget. Library Media Connection,  26(4), 26-27. (DS 9/12)


Here is a brochure that my school library system created "Ignite the Common Core:  Role of the School Librarian"  https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxtb2JzbHNpbnF1aXJ5fGd4OjU3Zjg1Y2EyZmFhMWFmMTE&pli=1(DW 9/12)


The New York Library Association, School Library Media Section (now called Section of School Librarians) created this brochure many years ago; in 2000.  The information could use some updating but I think the concept is still good.  See attachment.  (DW 9/12)


Informational Brief:  Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement" Oct. 2011 by the New York Comprehensive Center  http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/nyla/nycc_school_library_brief.pdf This is a great 19 page document.  Too bad it hadn't been entitled ... School Librarians.  (DW 9/12)



Gary Hartzell - http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/hartzell.html


http://www.librarymediaconnection.com/pdf/lmc/reviews_and_articles/featured_articles/_October2008.pdf - Marla McGee




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CHARGE: To develop a toolkit and essential links to assist in training pre-service teachers and administrators about school librarians and school library programs.



  1. Develop a toolkit that can be used with pre-service teachers and administrators to help them understand the role that school librarians and school libraries play in the total school program.
  2. Develop essential links of web resources that can assist in pre-service teacher and administrator training about school libraries.
  3. Research the work of Carolyn Brodie (Kent State University) and others that have studied pre-service training of educators about the role of school libraries.
  4. Recommend strategies that AASL can use to work with state leaders to disseminate these tools.
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