As a leader the school librarian creates an environment where collaboration and creative problem solving thrive. The school librarian is an excellent communicator who instills enthusiasm in others by making them feel that they are important members of a team. Strong leaders foster an environment of creativity, innovation, and openness to new ideas, welcoming and encouraging input from others to create consensus. They anticipate future obstacles and continually retool to meet challenges. The school librarian demonstrates his or her role as a visible and active leader within the school community, an advocate for the SLP, and a professional member of the school library community by:
  • serving on decision making teams in the school
  • taking an active role in school improvement and accreditation activities
  • benchmarking the SLP to school, state, and national program standards
  • sharing expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent meetings, and school board meetings
  • creating an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff
  • sharing with the learning community collaboratively developed and up-to-date district policies concerning such issues as materials selection, circulation, reconsideration of materials, copyright, privacy, and acceptable use
  • encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
  • collecting and analyzing data to improve instruction and to demonstrate correlations between the SLP and student achievement
  • maintaining active memberships in professional associations
  • remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and
    educational research applicable to school library programs
  • advocating for school library programs and the guiding principles of the school library profession; the school librarian is an active, accessible, and informed proponent of the school library profession by:

    • advocating, communicating, and promoting opportunities to improve the profession
    • maintaining frequent and timely communication to stakeholders through the school and library website, parent newsletter, e-mail, and other formats, such as local cable access television, video/audio streaming, and on-demand video/podcasts
    • using local, state, national, and international school library data and research to engage support
    • writing articles and submitting regular reports providing evidence of what the library and school
    • librarian do to prepare learners to be successful in the twenty-first century o maintaining an effective public relations program
    • demonstrating a commitment to maintaining intellectual freedom
    • promoting the ethical use of information
Source: AASL Sample Job Description

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