Standard IV. Advocacy and Leadership

Goal: To provide design guidelines for facilities to allow for manipulation, production, and communication of information by all members of the learning community.

Principle 1. The design of the school library is aligned with the educational objectives of the learning community. The library environment is designed for flexible access and supports all educational objectives of the library program. Educational specifications for any renovation or proposed new facility will include a description of the proposed project expressing the range of issues and alternatives, in accordance with 19 TAC 61.1036, School Facilities Standards for Construction on or after January 1, 2004, Subchapter CC, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning School Facilities.

Principle 2. The library is designed to serve as a flexible, functional, and barrier-free simultaneous-use facility for individuals, small groups, and classes as described by state and federal guidelines. The library is also designed to maximize the use of available space to permit displays of student, faculty, and community-produced materials, and collections. The facility provides all members of the learning community opportunities to explore and meet their information and recreational needs during and beyond the school day. The library provides an exemplary level of safety, security, and an age-appropriate facility for all individuals, small groups, and classes.

AASL Standards Adoption 2005

Leadership & Advocacy

This page is an excellent resource http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy

Here is what the Standards document says:

“Candidates advocate for dynamic school library programs and positive learning environments that focus on student learning and achievement by collaborating and connecting with teachers, administrators, librarians, and the community. Candidates are committed to continuous learning and professional growth and lead professional development activities for other educators. Candidates provide leadership by articulating ways in which school libraries contribute to student achievement.”

Here are the Elements:
4.1. Networking with the library community
4.2 Professional development
4.3 Leadership
4.4 Advocacy

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