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Report from AASL/NCATE/CAEP Reviewer Training Session (ALA13) June 29, 2013

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By: Carolyn Starkey

THE SCENE:

A quiet out-of-the-way 5th floor room in McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago.

THE TIME:

Friday afternoon, June 28th, sandwiched in between preconference workshops and committee meetings, shortly before the official 2013 ALA Conference and Exhibition Opening Session.

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS:

A small group of K-12 school librarians and university professors dedicated to the ideal that AASL specialized professional association (SPA) review in conjunction with NCATE/CAEP accreditation of university school library programs ensures a healthy, well-trained school library profession.

THE PURPOSE OF MEETING:

Provision of the semi-annual AASL/NCATE/CAEP Reviewer Training, led by Dr. Mary Berry (who insists that she is retired but that no one is paying attention) and Elizabeth Vilky, Director of Program Review at NCATE/CAEP.

THE RESULT:

Reviewers qualified to judge the overall effectiveness of school library programs in meeting the standards specified in the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians.

LONG RANGING EFFECT ON PROFESSION:

School libraries staffed by qualified librarians, trained to meet the high standards of ALA/AASL.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A REVIEWER? QUALIFICATIONS

All reviewers must:

  • Be current members of AASL;
  • Have a current, demonstrated body of knowledge, expertise, and experience in the field of school librarianship;
  • Have a documented level of technical literacy and have access to technology that will support the online review process;
  • Have an endorsement or degree in school library media, library science or relevant field.

Potential reviewers must:

  • Submit an application form and current resume or curriculum vitae to the Office for Accreditation;
  • Participate in a training session;
  • Be approved by the NCATE/CAEP Coordinating Committee before being added to the NCATE/CAEP roster of reviewers.

Additional information for reviewers or persons interested in becoming a review can be found on the AASL/NCATE/CAEP Training Opportunities page.

WHICH PROGRAMS ARE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED?

For a listing of the AASL/NCATE/CAEP  Nationally Recognized School Librarian Programs, visit the AASL  Accreditation page or the NCATE/CAEP Accreditation page.

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