School Library Information and Technology Programs for 21st Century Learning

As part of the ongoing discussion around the future of school library programs, the following document is provided to help focus on the critical mission and functions of the teacher-librarian and the School Library Information and Technology Program. A group of teacher-librarians met in Seattle, Washington, January 8, 2010 to create this document (see attribution list below). We offer it as a clear and powerful message at the core of efforts to brand and market School Library Information and Technology Programs.

School Library Information and Technology Programs for 21st Century Learning

Mission: To ensure that students are effective users and producers of information and ideas

Three essential functions of Teacher-Librarians:

1. Information Technology Instruction

2. Reading Advocacy

3. Information Management


The scope and mix of these functions will depend on the program priorities and goals of each local school district and school building


1. Information and technology instruction

•Leads information literacy instruction including evaluation and analysis of the credibility, relevance and currency of information
•Coaches instructional staff in support of curriculum, information technology and information management
•Teaches students to be critical consumers and producers of information
•Teaches students and staff to use emerging learning technologies for school and lifelong learning
•Teaches students to be safe, ethical and responsible digital citizens

2. Reading advocacy

•Establishes and models a powerful, fashionable and ubiquitous culture of reading in the school community
•Motivates and guides students to read for enjoyment and understanding
•Develops a relevant collection of fiction and non-fiction in a variety of formats, ensuring quality reading choices for all students
•Manages resources in support of established curriculum and student passions

3. Information management and services

•Provides open and equitable access to resources, technology and information services for the entire school community
•Develops and administers inviting and effective physical and digital library environments
•Manages resources to support teaching and learning
•Administers information management systems to support student learning and school and district programs


Authored by:

Secondary Level:

· Marianne Hunter, NTCB (North Thurston S.D.)
· Stephen Coker (Rainier S.D.)
· Sarah Applegate, NTCB (North Thurston S.D.)
· Mark Ray (Vancouver S.D.)
· Roz Thompson (Tumwater S.D.)

Middle Level:

· Linda Collins (University Place S.D.)
· Linda King (Yakima S.D.)
· Leigh Lohrasbi (Yakima S.D.)
· Nancy Mowat, NBCT (Bellevue S.D.)

Elementary Level:

· Dave Sonnen (Edmonds S.D.)
· Wayne Osborn, NBCT (Clover Park S.D.)
· Laura Berry, NBCT (Issaquah S.D.)
· Steve Goodwin (Edmonds S.D.)

Higher Education:

· Mike Eisenberg (University of Washington)
· John Marino (University of Washington)
· Betty Marcoux (University of Washington)
· Lorraine Bruce (University of Washington)
· Christie Kaaland (Antioch University)

With contributions from: Lisa Layera Brunkan (Fund our Future Washington) and Colet Bartow (Montana Office of Public Instruction).


School LIbrary Information and Technology Programs for 21st Century Learning by various is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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Comment by David Loertscher on February 4, 2010 at 5:11pm
As a reaction to his document, I would suggest that the committe look at The New School Learning Commons Where Learners Win by Loertscher, Koechlin, and Zwaan that covers much of what is here but in quite a different view. Also, there is a major collaborative article on reading in the Oct. 2009 issue of teacher Librairan and a another major collaborative article on Technology in the Dec. issue of tEacher Librarian that concentrates on the impact of technology on learning.

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