School Library Resources

Resources available from ALA

Available from ALA Editions

The Power of DataThe Power of Data: An Introduction to Using Local, State, and National Data to Support School Library Programs
The Power of Data discusses the use of data sets to establish goals for school library programs. Highlighting data available at the local, state, and national levels, the book takes a look at how school librarians can use available data to influence decisions at the local level. The Power of Data will increase the ability of school librarians to effectively use existing data and to articulate the analysis of that data to the people who need the information, including principals, superintendents, school boards, parents, teachers, and students.




Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School LibraryProtecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library
Pat Scales uses her experience and expertise to offer an intellectual freedom title tailored to the school library environment. This title presents a number of scenarios in which intellectual freedom is at risk and includes case studies, easy and motivating ways to prepare new hires for handling intellectual freedom issues, sidebars throughout the book that offer sample policies, definitions of key terms, and analysis of important statutes and decisions.

Online Learning Opportunities

A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation
Writer Patricia Owen discusses AASL’s newest publication, A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation. In this workbook, Owen uses the AASL Empowering Learners program guidelines as a basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators. In this webinar, Owen walks participants through the workbook’s suggested readings, action tips, and evidence collection to help school librarians engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations.

Ask the Advocate: Find What You Need to Make the Case
Attendees asked questions pertaining to advocacy issues at their library, as well as learning what resources are available to help make the case for libraries.