Books that are professionally selected to meet
school and personal needs.
Equitable access to computers and other forms of technology.
Someone to talk to and someone who listens – the school librarian.
A place to get help when they need it.
A place to assemble with their friends openly.
Learning experiences that are enhanced through teacher/librarian
How to evaluate information.
How to create information.
How to share information with others.
How to self-assess their work.
Project-based learning and the critical thinking skills it teaches
A place where the school culture is fostered and thrives.
A recommendation for a book that is suited to their interest.
A recommendation on what to read next.
Having stories read to them.
Respect for intellectual property.
A place to practice safe and ethical behaviors.
A librarian who doesn't judge a student because he/she takes out a book
they enjoy reading.
A place to solve problems.
A place to use their imagination.
Special programs and speakers.
Video chats with authors and experts.
Reading contests and prizes.
Instruction in how to use statewide databases.
Resources that align with the curriculum.
Acquiring 21st century skills.
A quiet place to learn.
A safe forum to explore new ideas.
The opportunity to borrow digital cameras, recorders, and laptops.
The ability to experiment with and master new technology.
Materials matched to their learning style.
Accepting learning as a life skill, not just an academic necessity.
The potential for higher standardized test scores.
Citing sources correctly.
Using information ethically.
Creating READ posters.
Creating book trailers.
Preparation for college.
Summer reading lists and programs.
Borrowing materials on interlibrary loan from public and college libraries.
Having resources available for school projects at the public library
because the school librarian collaborated with them.
Learning to be a good digital citizen.
Battle of the books.
Time during homeroom, during lunch, during the school day, and after school
to work on projects when they have no other access to computers.
A place to visit that is open, friendly, attractive, and a safe haven.
Additional resources for their classrooms.
In-depth exploration of a topic.
A knowledgeable, interested adult with whom to discuss books.
A library website that offers access 24–7 to an online catalog, selected
electronic resources, databases, and curriculum-related websites.
Synthesizing information from diverse perspectives.
Writing a thesis statement or a critical question.
Reflecting on the information-seeking process.
Responding to literature.
Using social media websites and tools (i.e., blogs, wikis, Facebook,
Twitter, etc.) safely and responsibly.
Assistance and guidance in completing homework assignments
Recommending books to their friends.
Help with history fair, science fair projects.
A place to "shop" for free.
A place to practice decision-making skills.
The library, like the cafeteria and the gym, are places where all students
(crossing grade levels and ability levels) mingle with one another.
Opportunities for meaningful student leadership
A program that always differentiates to teach, support, and enrich.
A conduit for information to increase efficiency in the entire
Teachers who have had exposure to instructional support and
Access to subscription databases, including time-saving instruction on
which databases are appropriate for particular projects;
Technology expertise and instruction on software and web applications for
writing, collaboration and presentation.
A connection between the outside world and the classroom.
The ability to construct and defend arguments
Resources that will broaden their global perspective
A smile of genuine pleasure for coming through the door.
Going beyond academic requirements.
Organizing personal knowledge.
Responding to literature.
Adapting to new situations.
Developing personal productivity.
A place to display their work both physically and virtually.
A place where the digital divide doesn’t exist.
A place to use their imaginations.
Learning the implications of a digital footprint.
Making recommendations for books that are followed.
Teachers who extend learning experiences beyond the classroom.
How to search efficiently and effectively.
Respect for copyright and intellectual property.
Helping other students.
A place to study without grades.
Taken from: Standards for the 21st Century Learner by the American
Association of School Librarians, suggestions from members of the American Association of School
Librarians, and students in the school libraries of the United States.
I campaigned for AASL President with the theme of vision. I
vowed to visit an outstanding school library in every state in the U.S. in order to bring to the
general public visual models of what good school libraries offer students and communities.
My program is aligned with the AASL Initiative, Learning 4 Life, particularly these two
Objective 14: Identify exemplary models for implementation and transferable visual
products for support for implementation at the local, district, state and national levels.
What does an outstanding school library look like?
The Vision Tour stops at Beaver, Oklahoma - the cowchip capital of the
The Klement Racing Sausages are a hit at Luther Elementary School in Fort
Indiana - South Central Schools (Union Mills)
Hawaii - Kailua Elementary (Kailua)
Alabama - Paul W. Bryant High School (Tuscaloosa)
Ohio- Shaker Heights Middle (Shaker Heights)
Michigan - Portage Northern High School (Portage)
Oregon -West Orient Middle School (Gresham)
New Jersey - Seneca High School (Tabernacle)
Pennsylvania - Springfield Township High School (Erdenheim)
Delaware - Central Middle School (Dover)
District of Columbia - Ballou High School
Virginia - Byrd Middle School (Richmond)
California - Bernardo Heights Middle School (Poway)
North Carolina - Walkertown Middle School (Walkertown)
Tennessee - West High School (Knoxville)
Georgia - Coralwood Center (Decatur)
Illinois - Robert Clow Elementary (Naperville)
Florida - Twin Lakes Academy Elementary (Jacksonville)
Texas- Carroll Elementary School
Minnesota - North View Jr. High School (Brooklyn Park)
Iowa - Jefferson High School (Cedar Rapids)
Wisconsin - Luther Elementary School (Fort Atkinson)
Oklahoma - Beaver Public Schools (Beaver)
Nebraska - Lincoln High School (Lincoln)
South Dakota - Washington High School (Sioux Falls)
Colorado - Cherry Creek High School (Cherry Creek)
New Mexico - Eldorado High School (Albuquerque)
Arizona - Utterback Magnet Middle School (Tucson)
Why does this Eldorado HS student like new books?
Nebraska school librarians’ party boat!
We all relax at Pam Gannon’s after a fulfilling day at Lincoln High School.
Vermont - a Newbery award winner AND the governor!
Katharine Paterson, Newbery award-winner
Governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin
Vermont - U-32 Middle and High School (Montpelier)