OASL Position Statement

Characteristics of a Strong School Library Program for the 21st Century
Oregon reading test scores rise with the development of [library media] programs. The relationship between [library media] program development and test scores is not explained away by school differences, such as teacher-pupil ratio, teacher or student characteristics, or per pupil expenditures… nor by community differences related to income levels, poverty status or racial/ethnic demography. (Lance, 2001)
A 21st-century school library is a living, changing classroom with an instructional program and shared resources that are continually refined and enhanced to meet the curricular needs and interests of its students and staff.

A strong school library program:
1. adopts standards for 21st-century learning and articulates a plan for instruction in library skills, information literacy, and integrated technology and for reading appreciation and engagement for all students;
2. ensures equitable access for all students and staff to library resources and the professional instruction and expertise of licensed school librarians;
3. develops and maintains a current and age-appropriate library collection of print and electronic resources in collaboration with district and building teaching staff and students;
4. supports district and building curricula and accommodates diverse learning needs;
5. promotes collaboration between teaching staff;
6. assists in the design of district professional development opportunities related to 21st-century learning; and
7. assures adequate and appropriate staffing for instruction and administration by licensed school librarians and essential operational support by classified staff.
Lance, Keith Curry, Marcia J. Rodney and Christine Hamilton-Pennell. Good Schools Have School Librarians: Oregon School Librarians Collaborate to Improve Academic Achievement. Oregon Educational Media Association, 2001.