ERIC Number: EJ781372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
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Is Your School Librarian "Highly Qualified"?
Kaplan, Allison G.
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n4 p300-303 Dec 2007
The national guidelines for school library media programs clearly establish that the goal of the school library media specialist is to provide an instructional program that helps students and faculty become efficient and effective users of information. Along with running the library at a technical level as the program administrator, the school library media specialist is also a teacher, an instructional partner, and an information specialist. Indeed, most states require that, in order to become a certified school library media specialist, the candidate must be a licensed classroom teacher. Therefore, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is lobbying to include school library media specialists as highly qualified teachers in the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Thus, with all the pressures on today's teachers and administrators, the author wants to be sure that they realize that they can turn to their school's library media specialist for instructional support. The author states that when teachers and library media specialists collaborate, differentiated instruction becomes more feasible, and student achievement rises. (Contains 8 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, School Libraries, Teacher Collaboration, Media Specialists, Information Scientists, Librarians, Employment Qualifications, National Standards, Library Administration, State Standards, Teacher Certification
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001