Please let us know how we can assist you at your site in developing or maintaining your school library. Principals 19-20 please see HERE.
We support Library Techs, Masters of Library and Information Science Librarians and Teacher- Librarians in staffing school libraries in alignment with CA State Standards.
Sites that don’t receive Measure G Library funding but that have or anticipate having paid qualified staff receive these supports from Central office as time permits:
- Assistance with interviewing, hiring and evaluating
- Training and support of staff
- Initial walk through and assessment support
- Collaborative Library Meeting times 2x a Month. At these meetings site paid staff can learn, network, access resources, develop standards in your libraries in alignment with state and national best practices, create vision documents to assist in sharing their vision with administrators, funders and community
- New books for libraries with paid staff.
- Databases and Library Catalog
- Giveaway books for families and for special occasions
- Support in accessing or “piggy backing” on authors or library programming
- Support with State and National standards and best practices for paid staff
- Support with District processes to improve your library (for paid staff)
- Remove fines from student records
Documents and information that may assist you:
Challenging/Removing Books on the Shelves of OUSD School Libraries
Classroom Libraries and School Libraries
Library Guidance for Principals: Supervision, Hiring, Expectations for Library Staff
Library Roles and Classifications - Volunteers to Teacher - Librarians
American Association of School Librarians Standards
Shelving books in your library: American Association of School Librarians
Why don't we provide or use more Digital Content? That will provide resources 24/7!
A Parent/Staff Community Member has complained about a book on our shelves. What do I do?
Research about what libraries do for student achievement and teacher retention
Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us. Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel, 2018.
School Libraries Meaningfully Impact California Students infographic
School Librarians Transform Learning (Information Services)
School Libraries Work! Research supporting the effectiveness of school libraries
Something to Shout About: School Library Journal Article Reveals First Evidence of Impact of School Librarian Losses (And Gains) on Students (starts on page 20) documents the fact that inferior gains or losses on reading scores directly relates to states in which schools cut librarian positions. In addition, these findings “held - and were more dramatic -- across subgroups including race/ethnicity, poverty and English language learner status.”
Several School Library Journal articles: Landing page
Model School Library Standards (English) (DOC) | PDF
Evaluating Information: the Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning
School Librarians as Learning Leaders
How to Stop Killing the Love of Reading
National Council of Teachers of English Position Statement on Independent Reading
Why You Should Encourage Your Child's Love of Graphic Novels. Graphic novels have a higher percentage of rare or more complex words - 53.5 % more than other children's books at 31% and even adult books at 52.7%
Don't be Afraid to let Children Read Graphic Novels They are Real Books....
Reading Levels Unfairly Label Learners, Say Critics. And Then There's the Research. | School Library Journal
Librarians look closely at text and curate collections to address the issues raised in this article.
Race, Ideology, and Cultural Representation in Raz-Kids