OASL on Strong School Library Programs

Introduction:
In 2009, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 2586, which passed into law a new element in the Continuous Improvement Plans, whereby school districts shall identify goals toward implementing a “strong school library program”. The following resources were gathered to support school districts in completing this new portion of their Continuous Improvement Plans.

Documents:
Letter to Superintendents/Principals (April 2010)
Position Statement
CIP Resources


Questions to Consider:

As you prepare to answer the "School Library Program" portion of the district's Continuous Improvement Plan, you may wish to consider the following questions:

  1. What is the district doing to manage and staff a strong school library program?
  2. How has the District articulated a plan for providing K-12 library skills, information literacy, and integrated technology instruction for all students?
  3. How does the district ensure equitable access for all students and staff to library resources and licensed school librarians?
  4. Describe how the district develops and maintains current library collections of print and electronic resources that support the curricula, accommodate diverse learning needs, and encourage reading engagement.
  5. How does the district library program promote collaboration and staff development with a focus on information literacy, reading appreciation and technology?

Resources:

Getting the Most from Your School Library Program by Doug Johnson
Includes a 13 point Library Media Program Checklist for School Principals.
Oregon Quality Education Model: 2008 Final Report     
Provides staffing and per student library/media center materials allocations for prototype schools.
Research Related to School Libraries
Compiled by the California Department of Education.
School Libraries Work! from Scholastic Library Publishing
Summarizes key findings from multiple research studies of school library programs.

For more information, contact

 

Susan Stone
OASL President, 2010-2011

Ruth Murray
OASL President, 2009-2010

Nancy Sullivan
OASL President, 2011-2012


Continuous Improvement Plan and School Library Programs

Questions to Consider:

As you prepare to answer the "School Library Program" portion of the district's Continuous Improvement Plan, you may wish to consider the following questions:

  1. What is the district doing to manage and staff a strong school library program?
  2. How has the District articulated a plan for providing K-12 library skills, information literacy, and integrated technology instruction for all students?
  3. How does the district ensure equitable access for all students and staff to library resources and licensed school librarians?
  4. Describe how the district develops and maintains current library collections of print and electronic resources that support the curricula, accommodate diverse learning needs, and encourage reading engagement.
  5. How does the district library program promote collaboration and staff development with a focus on information literacy, reading appreciation and technology.

Resources:

Getting the Most from Your School Library Program by Doug Johnson
Includes a 13 point Library Media Program Checklist for School Principals.
Oregon Quality Education Model: 2008 Final Report     
Provides staffing and per student library/media center materials allocations for prototype schools.
Research Related to School Libraries
Compiled by the California Department of Education.
School Libraries Work! from Scholastic Library Publishing 
Summarizes key findings from multiple research studies of school library programs.

For more information, contact

Carol Dinges 
OASL President, 2009-2010

Ruth Murray 
OASL President, 2010-2011

 
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