ALA/AASL Standard 4 - Advocacy and Leadership

Candidates advocate for dynamic school library programs and positive learning environments that focus on student learning and achievement by collaborating and connecting with teachers, administrators, librarians, and the community. Candidates are committed to continuous learning and professional growth and lead professional development activities for other educators. Candidates provide leadership by articulating how school libraries contribute to student achievement.


Amy Merrill conducting a professional development workshop to BCSD faculty.


4.1. Networking with the library community

Candidates demonstrate the ability to establish connections with other libraries and to strengthen cooperation among library colleagues for resource sharing, networking, and facilitating access to information. Through the use of technologies, candidates participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.

"Pocketful of Poems" Personal Virtual Library - Poetry Resources

I have created a PVL that allows me to share poetry resources with students and their families, teachers, librarians and anyone interested in poetry and language. My personal virtual library contains poems, annotated bibliographies and webliographies, links to author videos and audio podcasts, ideas for presenting poetry, resource files, and much more. It is updated often and will continue to grow and develop.

4.2 Professional development

Candidates model a strong commitment to the profession by participating in professional growth and leadership opportunities through membership in library associations, attendance at professional conferences, reading professional publications, and exploring Web resources. Candidates plan for ongoing professional growth.

Member - SLST-East (School Librarian's of the Southern Tier)
Member - NYLA (New York Library Association)
Participant in Newsgroup - LM_NET

4.3 Leadership

Candidates are able to articulate the role and relationship of the school library program's impact on student academic achievement within the context of current educational initiatives. Utilizing evidence-based practice and information from education and library research, candidates communicate ways in which the library program can enhance school improvement efforts.

These documents support and articulate Element 4.3 - Leadership. First there is a description of the AASL Position Statements and how they can be utilized to support best practices in the field of library science. There is also an article that describes the history of legislation on academic standards and the role that the school library program plays within this context. Finally, there is a description of how the school library program supports state standards and the school's annual yearly progress.

4.4 Advocacy

Candidates identify stakeholders within and outside the school community who impact the school library program. Candidates develop a plan to advocate for school library and information programs, resources, and services.

This document is an Advocacy Plan that would be utilized in my role as a library media specialist. It provides evidence to support Element 4.4 - Advocacy. It demonstrates that I am an advocate for school library and information programs, resources and services.