Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, New York State Education Department, announced that “Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Services in New York State: Preliminary Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents” is now available at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html.
Deputy Commissioner Cannell and the members of the Regents Advisory Council (RAC) encourage New York’s library community to comment by November 15 on this first draft of a new vision and statewide plan for library services. You can send your comments to NYSLRegComments@mail.nysed.gov by Tuesday, November 15th, 2011. RAC will use these comments to develop a second draft for broader dissemination to all New Yorkers early in 2012. An open meeting, 2020 Vision for Library Services in NYS: The Discussion Continues is scheduled for Friday, November 4th from 3:45 to 5:00 pm at the Saratoga Hilton, Ballroom 2 during the 2011 New York Library Association (NYLA) Conference in Saratoga Springs. If you're planning to go to NYLA, please join me at this session; we can share the highlights of the discussion with our colleagues on the listserv when we return.
I encourage you to read the full 16 page document, but for the moment check out the recommendations for school libraries:
“School libraries are deeply engaged in the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards. There is a well documented connection between student achievement and effective school libraries. The role of school librarians is evolving as they teach students information literacy to be savvy consumers, producers and judges of appropriate content in all formats. School librarians are increasingly collaborating with teachers in designing curricula and developing learning experiences that are ideally placed to support differentiated instruction and facilitate special programs for the gifted as well as students with special needs. The school librarian is unique in that he/she addresses the depth and breadth of the entire curriculum, and leads in teaching a 21st Century curriculum of inquiry, problem solving and content creation.
Models for Success:
The best school libraries are fully integrated into the P-12 learning experience and are building / district wide phenomenon, reaching into every classroom and students’ home. The school librarian is a true partner with every teacher and administrator in providing the best possible learning experience for each child. Information literacy is recognized as a critical aspect of every student’s education.
The Board of Regents and State Education Department should formulate policy and regulation that will:
- Create a statewide Pre-K-16 information fluency curriculum framework that will provide equitable access to information skills instruction, tied to the success of meeting the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards.
- Mandate an elementary school librarian in every school to strengthen instructional leadership in meeting the P-12 Common Core Learning Standards, and enforce library staffing regulations in all public schools.
- Encourage school districts to actively promote access to the school library collection of online resources and e-books available 24/7 and 365 days a year to create learning and enrichment opportunities beyond the school day.
- Create incentives to open school libraries evenings, weekends and summers to encourage year-round learning.”
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with these priorities: statewide information fluency framework, mandate elementary librarians, e-books, and increased library access? Is something missing? Share your opinions, click on “Comments” below.