Position Statement on the Role of the School Librarian in Senior/Capstone Projects

Senior/Capstone projects provide students with the opportunity to direct their own investigation of a topic of interest. The process includes research, collaboration, communication and presentation skills. School library programs, and specifically school librarians, are integral to the successful implementation of these projects. 

AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner identifies the skills and dispositions vital for students to successfully complete a Senior/Capstone project. Students need to:

  • inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge
  • draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge

  • share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society

  • pursue personal and aesthetic growth

School librarians possess the knowledge of instructional strategies, resources and technology to work with students in developing these skills and dispositions. Additionally, school librarians possess unique leadership skills and expertise to play an important role in design, coordination, and implementation of Senior/Capstone projects.  

  • School librarians provide expertise in the development of project guidelines and requirements, and participate in review and revision of the same.
  • School librarians connect students to resources, experts and technology tools necessary for successful completion of projects.

  • School librarians deliver classroom and individual instruction on the research process

  • School librarians offer instruction and assistance in student presentations of their projects.

  • School librarians assist in developing assessment tools to evaluate student projects as well as providing formative and summative assessments.

  • School librarians provide professional development for teachers, mentors and parents about the Senior/Capstone project.

Adopted 06/2014

View the related AASL Senior/Capstone Project Task Force Report click here to open a pdf of the report