Connecticut Association of School Librarians
We live in an exponentially changing world. Has our mission changed? Is it impossible to achieve?
No, I don’t think so. Our mission continues to survive the times. It has staying power.
The mission statement for the 2009 Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs is just as timely as it was in the 1998 Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning and the previous 1988 Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. Why? Because the essence, the core of our mission, is timeless. It is still relevant and needed in today’s society:
“to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information”
What continues to change is the way we access and use information.
Do our standards align with the Common Core State Standards? Absolutely. IMHO, I think our standards are the gold standard and easier to understand and explain.
Do the CCSS mention library? Not specifically. But, Writing Standard 7 states
“participate in shared research and writing” across all grade levels.
Are Librarians Still Important? by Kate Rix: “In a word, yes. In fact, they may be an administrator's most underutilized resource. Learn how schools are freeing them up to help students, faculty, and principals find the information they need.”
Professional Development is increasingly important in schools. Staff need leaders to assist them with new techniques and strategies for “using, evaluating, and producing information and ideas through active use of a broad range of appropriate tools, resources, and information technologies.” (Empowering Learners)
So, stay the course. Find a balance of courage and focus. Use the AASL Learning4Life tools and your PLN to assist and support you. Advocate for your students and staff. We’ve got a big job to do. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to it.
It’s an exciting, challenging time to be a school librarian.