Ballard, Susan D. "Core Values: AASL at 65, A Reflection on and Affirmation of Enduring Core Values that Sustain Us." KnowledgeQuest, vol. 45, no. 1, Sept.-Oct. 2016, pp. 26-32.
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Thank you to Susan Ballard for these adaptations that use the vocabulary of school administrators to describe the work of school librarians.
Original PSELs: National Policy Board for Educational Administration (2015). Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015. Reston, VA: Author. CC BY-NC-ND.
Shannon, D. M. The Education and Competencies of School Library Media Specialists: A Review of the Literature z. School Library Media Research, 2002. The role of school library media specialists and the competencies they need in order to succeed have changed and expanded over many years. This paper reviews research and other publications related to competencies and the preparation of school library media specialists.
YALSA. “YALSA's Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth: Young Adults Deserve the Best.” Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), 21 Feb. 2017. Individuals who demonstrate the knowledge and skills laid out in this document will be able to provide quality library service for and with teenagers. Institutions seeking to improve their overall service capacity and increase public value to their community are encouraged to adopt these competencies. The competencies can be used as a tool to evaluate and improve service, a foundation for library school curriculum, a framework for staff training and a set of guiding principles for use when speaking out for the importance of services to teens in libraries.
Akers, Anne. “School Librarian Dispositions: Serving Two Masters.” Knowledge Quest, 13 Nov. 2015,
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Donham, Jean. “Mental Scripts for Nurturing Dispositions of Inquiry.” Teacher Librarian, vol. 43, no. 3, 2016, pp. 24–27.
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Moreillon, Judi, Sue Kimmel and Karen Gavigan. “Educating Pre-Service School Librarians for the Instructional Partner Role: An Exploration into University Curricula. School Library Research , vol.17, 2014.
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