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2011 Draft Standards for Missouri School Librarians
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A final draft of Missouri Standards for School Librarians has been submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as an agenda item for approval the State Board of Education’s December 2011 meeting. Standards included in this document range from those for candidates taking library science courses through librarians with many years’ experience.

Until the standards have been officially approved by the State Board of Education the document is still considered a draft.  Please click here to download a copy of these draft standards.


The Missouri Standards for School Librarians delineate performance expectations for professional 21st century school librarians in Missouri. As certified teachers, P-12 school librarians must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions of two related yet distinct professional disciplines: education and youth services librarianship. School librarians create spaces where members of the school community*, with their diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, come together to thrive and succeed as capable, confident learners. The Standards are grounded in the cornerstone documents of youth services librarianship, the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians (American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians, 2010), the NBPTS Library Media Standards, 2nd Edition (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 2011), ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries (Association for Library Service to Children, 2009) and YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth: Young Adults Deserve the Best (Young Adult Library Services Association, 2010). These Standards recognize that P-12 school librarians continuously develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions. Therefore, the Missouri Standards for School Librarians employ a developmental sequence to define a continuum that describes how a school library professional matures and strengthens as a leader, information specialist, instructional partner, teacher, and program administrator. The order of the Standards should not be interpreted as an indicator of each Standard’s importance in guiding professional practice.

*References to school community in this document refer to students, teachers, staff, administrators, families, area residents, and other stakeholders (public libraries, day cares, etc.).

Standard #1 Teaching for Learning: Applies knowledge of the academic, personal, social, and cultural characteristics of students and relates them to learning through effective instructional strategies and assessments. Collaborates effectively with classroom teachers and other educators. Documents and communicates the impact of instruction on student achievement.

Quality Indicator 1: Knowledge of learners and learning

Quality Indicator 2: Instructional partner

Quality Indicator 3: Effective and knowledgeable teacher

Standard #2 Reading and Literacy: Promotes and encourages reading for enjoyment, personal growth, and learning. Provides fiction and non-fiction literatures appropriate to the students and grade levels served. Selects reading materials in multiple formats to facilitate maximum access for all members of the school community. Models a variety of research-based literacy strategies. Advocates for students’ intellectual freedom.

Quality Indicator 1: Reading promotion

Quality Indicator 2: Literatures

Quality Indicator 3: Diversity and inclusiveness

Quality Indicator 4: Literacy strategies

Quality Indicator 5: Intellectual freedom

Standard #3 Information and Knowledge: Provides access to information for students, teachers, staff, and administrators to satisfy all learning needs. Teaches information literacy skills to build proficiency for student-driven research and individual creation of knowledge through critical thinking. Promotes equitable access to resources in a variety of formats and services for a variety of needs.

Quality Indicator 1: Access to information

Quality Indicator 2: Information literacy skills

Quality Indicator 3: Equitable access to resources and services

Standard #4 Leadership and Advocacy: Provides leadership by articulating ways in which school libraries contribute to student achievement. Advocates for dynamic school library programs and positive learning environments by collaborating and connecting with the school community.

Quality Indicator 1: Instructional leadership

Quality Indicator 2: Advocating with the school community

Standard #5 Program Management and Administration: Administers the school library media program using research-based data to analyze and improve services in alignment with the school’s mission to support student achievement. Selects, acquires, catalogs, retrieves, integrates, circulates, preserves, and deselects information resources. Manages fiscal, physical, and personnel resources. Practices professional ethics with regard to intellectual property and information privacy. Develops policies and procedures in support of the library program.

Quality Indicator 1: Strategic planning, program evaluation, and program reporting

Quality Indicator 2: Collection management

Quality Indicator 3: Fiscal, physical, and personnel resources management

Quality Indicator 4: Professional ethics

Quality Indicator 5: Policies and procedures

Standard #6 Technology Integration: Provides equitable access to technology for the school community. Continually upgrades technological skills to enhance student and teacher learning. Integrates technology tools to communicate and facilitate learning. Promotes digital citizenship instruction to support appropriate academic use of information.

Quality Indicator 1: Access to technology

Quality Indicator 2: Knowledge of technology

Quality Indicator 3: Communicate and facilitate learning

Quality Indicator 4: Digital Citizenship

Standard #7 Professional Development: Seeks opportunities to grow professionally by taking advantage of information, events and services provided by local, state, and national organizations. Seeks opportunities for service through professional associations.

Quality Indicator 1: Professional Learning

Quality Indicator 2: Professional Involvement

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