AASL Releases Position Statement on School Library Supervisors

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/09/2021


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – With its new position statement, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) declares that a qualified, district-level school library supervisor is a fundamental component of college, career, and community readiness for students in PreK–12 education. The full statement, including definitions, references, and recommended reading list, is available for download on the AASL website.

“The Critical Need for and Responsibilities of District-Level School Library Supervisors” position statement defines the supervisor as a member of the district-level administrative team, with school library certification or experience, who is responsible for supervising and coordinating district- and building-level school libraries. The school library supervisor provides leadership, vision, and support, while collaborating with district- and building-level staff to create and sustain effective school libraries.

“Through their guidance of district school librarians and subsequent evaluation of the school libraries, the school library supervisor is the staff member at the district level with the most comprehensive knowledge for implementing the AASL 'National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries,'” said AASL President Kathy Carroll. “The supervisor is a necessity for advocating for funds and resources, providing equitable access to diverse and inclusive materials, and supporting learners through successful administration of the district’s vision for teaching and learning.”

The new position statement replaces the previous “Role of the School Library Supervisor” with updated language aligned with AASL’s National School Library Standards in today’s educational settings

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