Indicator 6

Library/media services are integrated into curriculum and instructional practices and have an adequate number of certified/licensed personnel and support staff (see Guideline on School Librarian/Media Specialist) who:

What to Look for:

  • are actively engaged in the implementation of the school's curriculum
    • library programs and materials are aligned with the curriculum
    • teachers are involved in making decisions about the selection of materials for the library/media center so that the resources available best meet their curricular and instructional needs
    • teachers regularly use library/media services and the media center to support instruction
    • library/media services personnel are knowledgeable about and provide support in meeting the school's core values and beliefs for student learning
    • the core values and beliefs, about 21 st century learning expectations document is used to inform decisions about library programs and materials
    • library/media services personnel are instructors of the library information literacy curriculum
    • library/media services personnel are regularly involved in team meetings, department meetings, etc. where they become informed about curriculum and participate in evaluating and revising the curriculum based upon the feedback they hear and the experiences they share with students
    • library/media services personnel work with classroom teachers to ensure students have access to resources which support the curriculum
    • teachers regularly bring their students to the library/information center or enable student access to information resources by other means (e.g., Internet) in support of the curriculum
  • provide a wide range of materials, technologies, and other information services in support of the school's curriculum
    • the print collection supports all areas of the curriculum
    • technology resources (particularly computer hardware/software) and other electronic media are widely available and integral to teaching in all classrooms
    • non-print resources (e.g., CD ROM’s, DVD’s, ) are available and are regularly integrated into the curriculum
    • materials selected reflect the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body and are of interest to students
    • resources are available to meet all students’ learning needs (e.g., books at various reading levels, books on tape, etc.)
  • ensure that the facility is available and staffed for students and teachers before, during, and after school
    • sufficient staffing is provided to allow the library/media center to be open before, during, and after school; information about such access is prominently and clearly publicized to members of the school community
    • there is sufficient space and technology available to accommodate simultaneous use of the library/media center by groups and by individuals
  • are responsive to students' interests and needs in order to support independent learning
    • students are welcomed in the library/information center at any time during the day when they are not scheduled to be in a particular classroom or when they have been sent to the center by a faculty member
    • library/media services personnel encourage students to participate in independent inquiry by assisting them in utilizing resources and technology housed in the library/media center
  • conduct ongoing assessment using relevant data, including feedback from the school community, to improve services and ensure each student achieves the school’s 21st century learning expectations
    • regular feedback from students, parents, and teachers is collected as one basis for evaluating and improving library/media services
    • library/media services personnel continually make improvements to their programs and services throughout the year based on feedback and self-assessments
    • library/media personnel and the supervisors/administrators of these programs meet on at least a yearly basis to review the services provided and to make needed program revisions
    • the school has established clear evaluation standards for the library/media services and programs that are related to the school’s 21 st century learning expectations, and the school assesses the success of these programs in promoting student learning