Other Resources

AISLE Professional Resources



AASL School Library Evaluation Checklist – https://standards.aasl.org/project/evaluation/

Kramer, Pamela K. and Linda Diekman, “Evidence Assessment Advocacy,” Teacher Librarian,   37:3. February 2010.

Linking for Learning, 4th edition: The Illinois School Library Standards sets a new level of excellence for school library media programs in Illinois and their contribution and impact on student learning.

Collection Development

Curriculum Mapping

Buzzo, Toni. “Using Communication to Solve Roadblocks to Collaboration.” Teacher Librarian (June 2004) 31.5
Johnson, Peggy. Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management.  Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.

Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. “Upgrading the K-12 Journey through Curriculum Mapping: A Technology Tool for Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists, and Administrators.” Knowledge Quest (November/December 2000) 29:2.

Loertscher, David V. and May Lein Ho. Collection Mapping in the LMC. San Jose, CA: Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 1996.

Digital Citizenship

Bell, Mary Ann. 2007. The Elephant in the Room: School Districts Nationwide Are Voluntarily Filtering the Filters- And No One Is Talking about It. School Library Journal 53, no.1 (January), 40-42.

Harris, Frances Jacobson. 2009. Ethics from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0: Standing Outside the Box. Knowledge Quest 37, no. 3 (January/February), 56-61.

Magid, Larry. 2009, July 9. Should Schools End Internet Safety Nights?  SafeKids.com.

How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone This is a resource from a cellphone company in Great Britain and does advertise their services. It is meant for parents but has very good information.

Facilities Planning

Baule, S. M. (2007). Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers, Linworth Publishing.

Bolan, K. (2009). Teen SpacesThe Step-by-Step Library Makeover. 2nd ed. ALA Editions.

Erikson, R. & Harkuson, C. (2007). Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future. ALA Editions.

Haggans, M. (1998). 14 Ways to Get Better Performance from Your Architect. School Planning & Management, 37 (3), 24-27. (Dated but excellent source for those new to the process)

Hart, T. L. (2006). Top Ten List of Library Facility Technology Issues. Library Media Connection 24 (4): 46-47.

Intellectual Freedom

Find resources on Materials Challenges/Censorship, LMC 2.0, and Access and Diversity:

Other Resources

Job Vacancies

These are some places to look but the listings are probably not totally inclusive. Each Regional Office of Education and Illinois Library System has its own policy and responsibility for the job postings.


Creighton, Peggy Milam.  (2007) Mentoring a New Library Media Specialist: a Model Relationship.  School Library Media Activities Monthly, 24(4), 25-28.

Meloni, Christine. (2006) Mentoring the Next Generation of Library Media Specialists.  Library Media Connection, 24(4), 32-33.

Quantitative Guidelines for School Libraries

Utah School Library Media Programs – standards from Utah State Office of Ed.

Resources for School Librarians – a mega site with state and national guidelines and standards from many states. This site is maintained by Linda Bertland, retired school librarian. 

Ohio Department of Education-Library Guidelines

Research on School Library Media Programs

Powerful Libraries Make Powerful Learners: The Illinois Study

Idaho School Library Impact Study

School Libraries Work! is a research foundation paper that collects position statements and research findings on the impact that school libraries and school library information specialists have on student achievement. This booklet, in PDF format, is an easy-to-read and understand summary of the research.

Stephen D. Krashen, author of The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, includes information in his books and website on the importance of providing students with a print-rich environment.

Resources for Keeping Up

From library people:

From other folks:


Web 2.0 Goes to School

Hargittai, E. 2010. Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses among Members of the “Net Generation.” Sociological Inquiry. 80 (1): 92-113. The take-home message from this study is that young people don’t actually know everything about the digital world. They need our guidance to learn literacy in this realm as well.

Ito, Mizuko, et al. 2008. Digital Youth Research: Kids’ Informal Learning With Digital Media, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Available: http://digitalyouth.ischool.berkeley.edu/report-announcement. A synthesis of the findings of 22 different case studies revealing how young people learn, create, and collaborate online.

Lenhart, Amanda, May 13, 2009. Cyberbullying: What the Research Is Telling Us… Presentation at the National Association of Attorneys General Year of the Child Conference, Pew Internet and American Life Project. Keep an eye on anything produced by the Pew Internet and American Life Project!

Wolak, Janet, David Finkelhor, Kimberley J. Mitchell, and Michelle L. Ybarra, February 18, 2008. Online “Predators” and Their Victims: Myths, Realities, and Implications for Prevention and Treatment. American Psychologist, 63 (2): 111-128.