School Library Mission Statements, Action Plans, Action Research, and Annual Reports
Today it seems that accountability is the hot topic in educational reform. It will become
increasingly important for school library media specialists to demonstrate the importance of their
media center to the school, and also be able to demonstrate how effectively they are doing their
job. Busy adminstrators like numbers and well organized reports to demonstrate progress.
Your mission statement declares what you propose to achieve.
Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives for School Library Media Centers and What's the Difference - If you are a bit confused about what all these terms mean, take a look at this slide show by Johan Koren.
IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto - The school library in teaching
and learning for all.
The Library Bill of Rights and its Interpretations - The American Library Association
The Australian School Library Association Bill of Rights
Tehiyah Day School Library - El Cerrito, CA.
Coral Gables Senior High School Library Media Center - Coral Gables, FL.
Pingry Lower School Library - Short Hills, NJ
Arrowhead Elementary School Library - Collegeville, PA
St. John Neumann Regional Academy - Williamsport, PA
Dessau Middle School Library - Austin, TX
Berta Cabaza Middle School - San Benito, TX
Illinois School Library Media Association
The Pittsburgh Public Schools Library Network - Vision statement and mission statement for the teacher librarians and administrative staff of the Library Services department of the Pittsburgh School District.
Internet Public Library - Mission statement for a
digital reference service.
Action plans detail the steps needed to achieve your mission and defines how you will evaluate your progress.
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Teacher-As-Researcher - Definition of action
research. An ERIC document.
The School Library Program - Materials for a course for school library media specialists by Larry Johnson and Annette Lamb. Note that the menu leads to information and links for data collection and evaluation.
The Teacher Librarian's Toolkit for Evidence Based Practice - byThe Ontario School Library Association.
Action Research - An article by Daniel Callison in School Library Monthly, June, 2007.
Usage and Usability Assessment: Library
Practices and Concerns - An analysis of digital library use by Denise Troll Covey. It has a lot of useful information about methods for studying the use of any library.
The Evidence-Based Manifesto for School Librarians - An article by Ross Todd in School Library Journal, April, 2008. "If school librarians can't prove that they make a difference, they may cease to exist".
Action Research - Stop Wasting Money - A project by Brenda Anderson at the PSLA conference, 2009. A comparison of the prices of book vendors.
Booktalks Increase Circulation of Special Sections in the Library - A project by Angie S. Jones, Spring, 2009.
Collecting the Data: Templates and
Data for the School Library Media Specialist - Downloadable forms for monitoring the use of the library and its
resources. By Nancy McGriff, Leslie Preddy, and Carl L. Harvey.
Sample Size Calculator - Helps to find out how large a sample you need for your research.
Annual reports provide a very effective way to demonstrate to the adminstration that you are improving the educational process.
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This site is maintained by Linda Bertland, retired school librarian,
Philadelphia, PA. Please address any comments, additions, or corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.