Performance Evaluation of School Librarians

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Position Statements

American Association of School Librarians. Position Statement on Instructional Classification AASL supports the inclusion of certified school librarians as part of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) "Instruction" classification.


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Professional Readings

Everhart, Nancy. (2006) Principals' Evaluation of School Librarians: A Study of Strategic and Nonstrategic Evidence-based Approaches,School Libraries Worldwide. V. 12, n. 2. Principals have a range of strategic and nonstrategic approaches available to them that they could potentially employ to gather evidence to evaluate school librarians. This study surveyed principals on how frequently they used each of these possible/arms of evidence. Results show that principals are proactive, deliberate, and strategic in seeking the evidence they use to evaluate their school librarians.


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Evaluation Models

American Association for School Librarians. (2009). AASL’s L4L Sample School Librarian Performance and Evaluation System The Learning4Life school librarian evaluation system parallels Charlotte Danielson's domains for teacher evaluation (Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching (1996, 2007)), but replaces her second domain with the Library Environment. Many of the elements and the components in this domain also parallel Danielson’s; however, when necessary, they have been adapted to the role of the school librarian when it differs from the teacher’s role. All elements represent principles of best practice in teaching and school librarianship. The Learning 4 Life performance and evaluation system is designed for both self-assessment and job performance evaluation.


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National Evaluation Standards and Guidelines

NBPTS' Library Media Standards (for teachers of students ages 3–18+)The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization. It was formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating certified teachers into educational reform efforts. This is the 2012 edition of the standards for National Board certification as applied to school librarians.

American Association of School Librarians. (2010). Sample Job Description Title: SCHOOL LIBRARIAN Developed as a resource for implementing the Learning4Life program this job description covers the roles and responsiblities of a school librarian: Leader, Instructional Partner, Information Specialist, and Teacher.


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Local and State Evaluation Standards and Guidelines

Media Specialists Alabama Professional Education Personnel Evaluation Program "Specialty Area Educators: Library Media Specialists"

Alaska School Library Handbook: Evaluation of School Library Media Specialists

Chicago Public School Librarian Evaluation Framework

Georgia's Media Specialist Evaluation Instrument

Indiana Association of Indiana School Library Educators School Librarian Evaluation Rubric

Missouri's Guidelines for Performance-Based Library Media Specialist Evaluation From 2007.

New York's School Librarian Evaluation Rubric

North Carolina Professional Standards - School Library Media Coordinator & Instructional Technology Facilitator

South Carolina ADEPT for Library Media Specialists

50 States' Certification Requirements The University of Kentucky College of Education has been collecting teacher certification requirements for each of the 50 States. Please recognize that States are continually revising their teacher certification/licensure rules and requirements. This page is intended to help you gather planning information on states of your choice.


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