Standard I. Learner-Centered Teaching and Learning
Goal: To promote the integration of curriculum, resources, and teaching strategies to ensure the success of all students as the effective creators and users of ideas and information, enabling them to become lifelong learners.
The librarian models and promotes collaborative instruction with teachers, as determined by the independent and diverse needs of all learners, and within the context of state curriculum standards.
The librarian works collaboratively with students, teachers, and the community to promote local, state, and national reading initiatives that encourage learners to read, write, view, speak, and listen for understanding and enjoyment.
The librarian collaborates, designs, and provides ongoing instruction for staff and students in the integration of information technology and information literacy, emphasizing and modeling the ethical use of resources.
Standard II. Learner-Centered Program Leadership and Management
Goal: To demonstrate effective school library program leadership and management throughout the school, the district, and in local, state, and national activities and associations.
Planning: As an advocate for libraries, the librarian leads in the development and implementation of a library vision, mission, goals, objectives, and strategic plan that incorporate sound policies and practices.
Organizing and Staffing: The librarian manages staff, volunteers, and partners to support the curriculum, to satisfy learners’ diverse needs, and to encourage lifelong learning.
Budgets/Funding: The librarian advocates for funding and manages school library program budgets to build and maintain a program with resources and services that support a curriculum designed to develop information-literate students who achieve success in the classroom and function effectively in the community.
Research/Assessment/Reporting: The librarian manages a successful program by demonstrating the value of the library program through research, data collection, assessment, evaluation, and dissemination of information about services and resources.
Standard III. Learner-Centered Technology and Information Access
Goal: To promote the success of all students and staff by facilitating the access, use, and integration of technology, telecommunications, and information systems to enrich the curriculum and enhance learning.
The library media program provides a balanced, carefully selected, and systematically organized collection of print and electronic library resources that are sufficient to meet students’ needs in all subject areas and that are continuously monitored for currency and relevancy.
The librarian models and promotes the highest standards of conduct, ethics, and integrity in the use of the Web and other print and electronic resources.
The librarian employs existing and emerging technologies to access, evaluate, and disseminate information for integration into instructional programs.
The librarian models information problem solving processes while providing formal and informal instruction about reference and research techniques.
Standard IV. Learner-Centered Library Environment
Goal: To provide design guidelines for facilities to allow for manipulation, production, and communication of information by all members of the learning community.
The design of the school library is aligned with the educational objectives of the learning community. The library environment is designed for flexible access and supports all educational objectives of the library program. Educational specifications for any renovation or proposed new facility will include a description of the proposed project expressing the range of issues and alternatives, in accordance with 19 TAC 61.1036, School Facilities Standards for Construction on or after January 1, 2004, Subchapter CC, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning School Facilities.
The library is designed to serve as a flexible, functional, and barrier-free simultaneous- use facility for individuals, small groups, and classes as described by state and federal guidelines. The library is also designed to maximize the use of available space to permit displays of student, faculty, and community-produced materials, and collections. The facility provides all members of the learning community opportunities to explore and meet their information and recreational needs during and beyond the school day. The library provides an exemplary level of safety, security, and an age-appropriate facility for all individuals, small groups, and classes.
Standard V. Learner-Centered Connections to Community
Goal: To provide information equity by working for universal literacy; defending intellectual freedom; preserving and making accessible the human record; ensuring access to print and electronic resources; connecting school faculty, staff, and students to community resources and services as needed; and by connecting community members to school resources and services as appropriate.
The librarian develops a school library program that offers students, faculty, and staff, families, partners, and community constituents opportunities for participation and collaboration in the library and educational community. The librarian promotes/encourages broad school and community-based advocacy for the school library program to support student success.
The librarian facilitates broad access to library resources and provides opportunities for use for students, faculty and staff, families, partners, and community constituents.
The librarian is knowledgeable about learning differences and ethnically and culturally diverse interests of the school and local community and develops a school library program that responds to these unique community characteristics.
The librarian, in partnership with community organizations, develops, maintains, and markets the vision, goals, and needs of the school library program to the broadest community constituency to promote the library and student success.
Standard VI. Learner-Centered Information Science and Librarianship
Goal: To promote the success of all students and staff by: providing information equity; working for universal literacy; defending intellectual freedom; preserving and making accessible the heritage of all cultures; and ensuring that equal access to resources in all formats is available for everyone.
The librarian works collaboratively with other information professionals in support of the library program, student achievement, and the profession, and understands the role of all types of libraries in an integrated learning environment.
The librarian creates a school library program that is recognized as the central element in the intellectual life of the school as evidenced by use of statistical measures to evaluate and improve the program.
The librarian applies and implements the principles and concepts of collection development: evaluation, selection, acquisition, and organization of information, and employs standard bibliographic and retrieval techniques.
The librarian evaluates and selects existing and emergent technologies to support the library program in coordination with the Texas Education Agency’s Long-Range Plan for Technology and the campus STaR Chart.
The librarian communicates effectively with students and staff to determine information needs and applies knowledge of literature to guide development of independent readers.
The librarian demonstrates ethical behavior and promotes the principles of intellectual freedom, information access, privacy, and proprietary rights.
The librarian engages in continuous self-evaluation and self-directed learning for professional growth by participating in and contributing to professional associations and publications.
Evaluation of Standards for Parkside Library
Evaluation Dashboard for the standards as they pertain to the library at Parkside Elementary.