Administration of School Libraries :star: by Thomas McAlister :smiley:…
Administration of School Libraries :star: by Thomas McAlister :smiley:
"Establishing and maintaining library procedures" (Danielson 2007) School library procedures are "seamless in their operation, with students assuming considerable responsibility for their smooth operation." (Danielson 2007). All library support staff work independently while enhancing the library experience (Danielson 2007).
"Managing student behavior" (Danielson 2007) Librarian collaborates with students when establishing library rules while students are able to "monitor their own behavior" (Danielson 2007). School librarian is proactive in managing student behavior while being aware of the needs of the student (Danielson 2007)
"Establishing a culture for investigation and love of literature" (Danielson 2007) Students and staff show urgency when researching (Danielson 2007) with students " internalized these values" (Danielson 2007)
"Creating an environment of respect and rapport" (Danielson 2007) School librarian has very positive and authentic interactions with school staff and students and students model their behavior after the school librarian (Danielson 2007)
"Organizing physical space to enable smooth flow" (Danielson 2007) Librarian has ascetically pleasing sings that lead to the optimal usage of library space and resources (Danielson 2007)
Delivery of Service
"Collaborating with teachers in the design of instructional units and lessons" (Danielson 2007) Librarian will plan learning activities with teachers while librarian finds resources for lessons. (Danielson 2007)
"Engaging students in enjoying literature and in learning information skills" (Danielson 2007). "Students are highly engaged in enjoying literature and in learning information skills and take initiative in ensuring the engagement of their peers" (Danielson 2007)
Maintaining and extending the library collection in accordance with the school’s needs and within budget limitations" (Danielson 2007). Collaborates with teachers when creating library collection and also eliminating obsolete material while having balance across all subject areas (Danielson 2007)
"Assisting students and teachers in the use of technology in the library/media center" (Danielson 2007) Librarian initiates helping teachers/students learn about technology in the library. (Danielson 2007)
"Demonstrating flexibility and
responsiveness" (Danielson 2007)
Librarian seeks professional development while soliciting input from staff in students on what changes should be made to the library (Danielson 2007)
"Communicating with the larger community. Library/media specialist is proactive in reaching out to parents and establishing contacts with outside libraries, coordinating efforts for mutual benefit." (Danielson 2007)
"Participating in a professional community. Library/media specialist makes a substantial contribution to school and district events and projects and assumes leadership with colleagues." (Danielson 2007)
"Preparing and submitting reports and budgets. Library/media specialist anticipates teacher needs when preparing requisitions and budgets, follows established procedures, and suggests improvements to those procedures. Inventories and reports are submitted on time." (Danielson 2007)
"Engaging in professional
development. Library/media specialist actively pursues professional development opportunities and makes a substantial contribution to the profession through such activities as offering workshops to colleagues" (Danielson 2007)
"Reflecting on practice. Library/media specialist’s reflection is highly accurate and perceptive, citing specific examples. Library/media specialist draws on an extensive repertoire to suggest alternative strategies and their likely success" (Danielson 2007).
"Showing professionalism. Library/media specialist can be counted on to hold the highest standards of honesty and integrity and takes a leadership role with colleagues in ensuring there is no plagiarism or violation of copyright laws." (Danielson 2007)
Planning and Preparation
"Planning the library/
media program integrated with the overall school program" (Danielson 2007) School librarian will collaborate with teachers when planning library programs and take into account all the demands of being a school librarian (Danielson 2007)
"Developing a plan to evaluate the library/media program" Danielson (2007) Librarian has "highly sophisticated, with imaginative sources of evidence and a clear path toward improving the program on an ongoing basis." (Danielson 2007)
"Demonstrating knowledge of resources, both within and beyond the school and district,
and access to such resources as interlibrary loan" (Danielson 2007) Librarian has shown the ability to gather resources from multiple sources to further advance library program. (Danielson 2007)
"Establishing goals for the library/media program appropriate to the setting and the students served" (Danielson 2007) Goals of the school library are specially designed for the needs of the student while collaborating with students and staff (Danielson 2007).
"Demonstrating knowledge of the school’s program and student information needs within that program" (Danielson 2007) Librarian is a strong advocate for what resources students needs to be successful (Danielson 2007).
"Demonstrating knowledge of literature and current trends in library/media practice and information technology" (Danielson 2007) Librarian needs to be extremely competent in literature and technology(Danielson 2007).
Managing the successful school library: Strategic planning and reflective practice
Building the learning environment
"Developing and implementing a long term strategic plan." (Farmer 2017)
Take a management role with other library staff. (Farmer 2017)
All students and staff and gain access to library resources.
Demonstrate necessary skills when creating and assessing collections. (Farmer 2017)
Acquire and budget monetary funds. (Farmer 2017).
Follows established policies. (Farmer 2017).
Evidence of advertising school library program. (Farmer 2017).
Facilitates learning opportunities for staff. (Farmer 2017).
Shows necessary leadership skills needed to have a successful library program. (Farmer 2017)
Teaching for Learning
Foster a collaborative environment. (Farmer 2017)
Plans and executes reading activities. (Farmer 2017)
Handles administrative task to allow learning to occur (Farmer 2017)
Has necessary materials and skills to assess student learning. (Farmer 2017)
SLSA & NYLA-SSL Rubric
Collaboration and Professional Responsibility
Collaboration with Teachers: Librarian is an active member of the learning community and assists in the creation of school curriculum. Teachers are provided with learning materials from the librarian and librarian uses resources from the community. (SLSA & NYLA-SSL 2012).
Collaboration with Administrators: "Librarian collaborates with teachers and administrators to support the programs, missions, goals, and vision of the building and District." (SLSA & NYLA-SSL 2012)
Community Collaboration: "Librarian collaborates with all stakeholders (administrators, teachers,caregivers, and colleagues) to enhance student success. (SLSA & NYLA-SSL 2012).
Library Facility: Physical library setting facilitates various learning activities to occur at the same time. (SLSA & NYLA-SSL 2012).
Equitable Access: Students can gain access to electronic resources at any time while there are also sources that meets the needs of all students. (SLSA & NYLA-SSL 2012).
Collection Management: Librarian is constantly evaluating and modifying the collection to ensure there are sources available in multiple mediums that address the needs of the students. (SLSA & NYLA-SSL 2012).
Keeping Current: Library program addresses the needs of students, learning methodologies used by teachers, and skills students need. (SLSA& NYLA-SS 2012)
Professional Development: Librarian provides training to school staff and is an active member in professional organizations. (SLSA & NYLA-SSL 2012).
Building Level Goals: Librarian is reinforcing school vision in library program while providing evidence of enacting school vision. (SLSA & NYLA-SS 2012)
New York State Education Department School Library Media Program Evaluation
Building the Learning Environment
Resource Sharing: School librarian participates on all levels with other network libraries. Requests by students or staff are addressed by the current collection of the school librarian. ( New York State Education Department 2016)
Equitable Access: With the assistance of others, students can use library resources after the school library is closed. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Resources and Materials: Librarian uses feedback from staff and students when creating school collection. Collection is continuously altered based off of changes in student needs, standards, or content cover. 15-25 resources per student (New York State Education Department 2016)
Educational Technology: Technology used has a positive impact on student learning. Technology allows for students to engage in course content in multiple ways. Librarian uses technology while also deciding when to upgrade technology. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Climate Conducive to Learning: There are various educational activities occurring in the library. The need of students with disabilities and English language learners are meet in library setting ( New York State Education Department 2016)
Professional Development: Librarian provides training to staff on multiple educational topics. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Staffing: Students receive academic support for all subjects from the library staff and resources. There is a full-time library media specialist available. For every 500 students there is one librarian. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Budget: There are fiscal plans for the development of the school library. There are multiple revenue streams for the school library. The library has relationships with other libraries and organizations that can provide support to meet the goals of the library. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Facility: Library is a comfortable setting that meets the learning needs of a diverse population. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Teaching for Learning
Collaborative Planning: Librarian plays pivotal role in developing curriculum while collaborating with organizations outside the school district. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Information Literacy: Organizes content that will be used to teach multiple versions of literacy is used across the district. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Assessment for Learning: Assessments used are aligned to established content/skill goals. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Intellectual Freedom: Students are provided resources that provide multiple perspectives of an event/theory. (New York State Education Department 2016.)
Social Learning: Librarians finds resources/technology that facilitates students communicating with teachers and peers. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Empowering Learning Through Leadership
Programming Planning and Evaluation: Librarian development occurs with feedback from various stakeholders. The library plan reinforces the projected ideas of the district. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Administrative Support: Librarian is able to place and emphasis and implement goals of the school district. ( New York State Education 2016).
Communication: The learning activities that occur in the library are frequently advertised to all those in the school community. (New York State Education Department 2016)
Instructional Leadership: Librarian takes an active role in decision making process of the school/district. Librarian takes on leadership roles in outside organizations and makes a positive impact on the community. ( New York State Education 2016).
Reporting: Librarian is able to provide information that proves the success of library programs. (New York Stated Education Department 2016)
Program Advocacy: There is a created learning plan that is communicated to students, teachers, and administrators. ( New York State Education Department 2016)
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