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California Model School Library Standards
The Model School Library Standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010. They include two different types of standards, both of which are essential for our children:
School Library Standards for Students delineate what students should know and be able to do at each grade level or grade span to enable students to succeed in school, higher education, and the workforce. These include accessing, evaluating, and using information, and integrating information literacy skills into all areas of learning at grade level-appropriate levels.
School Library Program Standards that describe base-level staffing, resources and infrastructure, including technology, required for school library programs to be effective and help students to meet the school library standards.
For a good, short overview of these standards, visit this link on the California Department of Education website. You can access and download the complete standards in English and a number of other languages and also order print copies of the standards at this link.
Delivering a copy of the printed Standards to your School Board members and District administration and letting them know that you want them implemented in your school for your children would be an excellent advocacy strategy!
Advocating for Funding for School Libraries
The state of California has the lowest ratio of credentialed teacher librarians to students in the nation. The California School Library Association website provides a variety of material and talking points to help you advocate for funding library staff and materials in your school or district. Start with these links under Advocacy/PR on the the CSLA site:
You can also download and print copies of the information flyer you received at our booth. If you would like to speak to one of our leadership team members for specific personal advice, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of us will contact you.
California School Library Association Membership
CSLA’s mission is to advocate for excellence in school library programs, develop leaders in the school library field, and collaborate with other educational leaders to ensure that all California students are effective, responsible users and creators of ideas and information.
Most of our members are teacher librarians, library paraprofessionals, classroom teachers, district and county coordinators of curriculum, media and technology,district and county coordinators of curriculum, media and technology. Do please encourage library staff in your school to join! We provide the best professional development and networking support for everyone working in and with California school libraries.
We also enthusiastically welcome “Friend” members, who can be anyone not employed in a school library position who supports California school libraries. Friends are a great addition to our association in support of providing strong school libraries for all the students of our state, and they get the benefits of attending our various conferences and events at member rates.
For information about what your membership supports, membership benefits, types of membership, and an online or print membership form, visit the CSLA website, and select the options under the Membership menu. If you have any questions, please contact us.