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ERIC Number: EJ888058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
School Librarian's Bill of Responsibilities and the ALA Core Competences
Bogel, Gayle
Knowledge Quest, v38 n2 p64-68 Nov-Dec 2009
In January 2009, the American Library Association (ALA) completed a ten-year reexamination of the core competences needed by professional librarians graduating from ALA-accredited institutions. The ALA's "Core Competences of Librarianship" encompass the basic knowledge expected of all graduates in all specializations. The core beliefs and policies defined in the ALA document give support to the specialized American Association of School Librarians (AASL) policies, as well as specialized policies from other divisions, and form a solid foundation for encouraging best practices in all types of libraries. The "School Librarian's Bill of Responsibilities" (Debbie Abilock, Kristin Fontichiaro, and Judi Moreillon) frames the emerging standards and position statements in the professional practice and daily activities of school librarians. At the same time, the Bill of Responsibilities reflects the Competences. This article first lists the responsibilities of the 21st-century school librarian and then describes ALA's core competences of librarianship. It also compares the "School Librarian's Bill of Responsibilities" with "ALA's Core Competences of Librarianship."
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A