► Librarian should be able to schedule the library space for maximum and most effective use of the space using a flexible schedule and open access
► A public version of the library's master schedule should be clearly posted
► Librarian should schedule classes as a result of planned library use and instruction in order to integrate with classroom learning experiences
► The library schedule should provide access to resources, opportunities for independent and group learning, and instruction in information fluency skills
► Librarian should survey the needs and interests of students, teachers and parents in the school
► Librarian should use professional review sources (e.g., School Library Journal, Booklist, Horn Book) and collection development/selection tools (e.g., Titlewave) to develop material orders
► Librarian should regularly read a wide variety of material for school-aged children and young adults
► Librarian should provide materials in a variety of formats including print, e-books, software, electronic databases, audio/visual, etc.
► Librarian should continually discard (weed) old, damaged, and out-dated materials to maintain a collection that meets the needs and interests of students, teachers, staff and the curriculum
1. Research on reading generally agrees that the most critical aspect of reading is how a child feels about reading. Positive reinforcement from parents and teachers helps. Children need to know that adults in their lives care about reading.
2. Research also agrees that in most cases, forcing a child to read will yield no positive results. Most children should not be REQUIRED to read each day, especially if it's forced reading for pleasure. Some families find that having a reading time when the whole family reads works. Even if the child is reluctant, he knows that the time is reserved for reading. Let him choose to read light material, if nothing else.
3. A book allowance is a good idea. In addition to whatever other allowance a child may receive, provide an allowance for books. Even if the allowance allows for the purchase of one paperback book or magazine a week, you've helped encourage reading
4. Regular visits to a good magazine rack, coupled with purchases, provide reading material. Parents will probably want to exercise some judgment on reading purchases, but magazines your child shows some interest in and which you approve are a good way to provide material and encourage reading.
5. Subscriptions to a magazine or magazines for your child or student are a good idea. There's a certain amount of excitement in "ownership" and a for many students it's very exciting to receive mail.
► Librarian should provide a wide variety of programming (e.g., author visits, author chats, displays, book talks, summer reading) to promote reading throughout the school
► Librarian should use technology to promote reading (e.g., Web-based catalog, author Websites, wikis, blogs)
► Librarian should collaborate with public library for book talks and community outreach activities
► Automation is a software package used to assist building level librarians with the management of the library catalog (OPAC-Online Public Access Catalog), circulation, material and patron activity, as well as the production of a variety of reports and statistics
► There are many automation programs, some of which are Web-based and others of which are only accessible at the library
► Librarian should have a basic understanding of the automation process, maintenance of a library automation program, importation and deletion of material records, preserving the integrity of catalog records, the regular back up of data, the use of the system to monitor and prepare reports of library circulation and usage
► Library should be a central hub for student achievement and independent learning
► Library should be a bright, warm and inviting space that welcomes students, staff and parents
► Library should be a well-maintained space that incorporates comfortable reading areas, an instructional area (for whole groups, small groups and individuals), clear signage, creative displays and technology
► Librarian should be an instructional leader in the school
► Librarian should provide professional development for teachers
► Librarian should communicate regularly with staff, students, and parents about library resources and programs in various forms (e.g., print and electronic newsletters, displays, Web page)
► Librarians should assist the school in integrating the library program into the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP)
► Librarian should collaborate with classroom teachers to design inquiry based units that integrate the teaching and application of information fluency skills
► Librarian should collaborate with classroom teachers to co-teach whenever possible
► Librarian should be comfortable using technology on a consistent basis
► Librarian teaches technology and information literacy skills from the Information Fluency Continuum (IFC)
► Librarian understands the inquiry process and how to infuse information literacy skills in collaboration with teachers across the curriculum
► Librarian expresses knowledge of a particular research methodology (e.g., Independent Investigation Method, Big 6)
► Librarian should stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and their use for teaching and learning
► Librarian should provide access to online databases and electronic resources
► Librarian should ensure the library is integrated into the school's technology plan
► Librarian should communicate to students and faculty the ethical and safe use of technology
► Librarian should offer professional development to teachers on the use of technology and electronic resources for content-area learning
► The school library fosters a community of learning, literacy, and inquiry that leads to high academic achievement
► The school library is an integral part of the school and serves as a hub for learning and student success
► The school library has an important role in fostering independent reading