SCHOOL LIBRARY AND INFORMATION LITERACY FRAMEWORK*

Program Quality Indicators
National Standards for Information Literacy
State Standards for Information Literacy
Articulation of National and State Standards for Information Literacy

Mission Statement:  An effective school library media program ensures that opportunities will be provided for students, faculty, and staff to become effective users of ideas and information and to acquire life-long patterns of learning.  To accomplish this mission every school must have a library media center which is staffed and funded according to the guidelines below.

PROGRAM QUALITY INDICATORS

Standards

Indicators

1.  The staffing of the school library media center at the elementary level will be in accordance with the following: 
Enrollment  Professional Staff  Clerical Staff
Under 199    .5-1.0 0
200-499  1.0-1.5 0
500-749 1.0-1.5   .5-1.0
750-999 1.5-2.0    .5-1.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 

Evidence of:

  • district-wide compliance with the Basic Educational Program 
  •  superintendentís Strategic Plan
  • building-based plans including but not limited to technology plan, professional development plan and building strategic plan
  •  Rhode Island Educational Media Association committee observations and visit reports
  •  responses to SALT survey 
  •  SALT visits and observations
  •  completion of RI School Technology Survey
  •  adequate funding allocation and use through district budget
  •  locally generated documents and statistics in support of standard.

 


2.  The staffing of the school library at the middle and high school level will be in accordance with the following: 
 
Enrollment Professional Staff Clerical Staff
Under 199   .5-1.0 0
200-499 1.0   .5 - 1.0
500-749 1.0-1.5 1.0
750-999 1.5-2.0 1.0
1000-1399 2.0-2.5 1.0
1400-1849 2.5 1.0-1.5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Evidence of:

  • district-wide compliance with the Basic Educational  Program 
  •  superintendentís Strategic Plan
  •  building-based plans including but not limited to technology plan, professional development plan and building strategic plan
  •  Rhode Island Educational Media Association committee observations and visit reports
  •  responses to SALT survey 
  •  SALT visits and observations
  •  completion of RI School Technology Survey
  •  adequate funding allocation and use through district budget
  •  locally generated documents and statistics in support of standard.

3. a. The library media collection in each school will provide a broad range of fully cataloged and processed media representing a balanced point of view.

b. The library media center and its collection will be equally accessible to all and will meet the requirements of all curricula areas. 

c. The library media center will be designed and maintained to provide for a full range of services, programs, and information sources.  The center should be of adequate size and arrangement to accommodate 8-12 percent of the school population at one time. 

d. The initial collection will contain substantive materials in ample supply to meet the diverse curricula and recreational needs/demands of the school population. 

e. The collection will be continually re-evaluated, weeded, inventoried and updated to meet current needs.

 

Evidence of:

  •  district-wide compliance with the Basic Educational Program 
  •  superintendentís Strategic Plan
  •  collaboration with faculty
  • movement toward a fully flexible schedule
  •  building-based plans including but not limited to technology plan, professional development plan and building strategic plan
  •  access to the Internet for students and staff
  •  Rhode Island Educational Media Association committee observations and visit reports
  •  responses to SALT survey 
  •  SALT visits and observations
  •  completion of RI School Technology Survey
  •  adequate funding allocation and use through district budget
  •  library resource purchases generated by professional library staff
  •  locally generated documents and statistics in support of standard.


 


4. There will be a written mission statement supported by clearly stated goals and objectives and an action plan.

 


Evidence of:

  •  copies of library media center's mission statement, goals and objectives and action plan.


 


5. There will be a formal policy for the selection and reconsideration of materials and equipment. 


Evidence of:

  • copy of district school committee approved policy.


 


6. The library media specialist shall have an active role in all curriculum development plans and be invited to serve as a member or consultant to the curriculum development  team(s).


Evidence of:

  • memo or other forms of written communication between administrators or curriculum development teams and library media specialist.  

7.  The school library media program will have an annual budget that will maintain all aspects of  the existing program and will provide the  funds for expanding enrollment and evolving curriculum initiatives. 


Evidence of:

  • funding allocation and use through district budget
  • library resource purchases generated by professional library staff.


 

INFORMATION LITERACY STANDARDS FOR STUDENT LEARNING

Articulation of National and State Standards for Information Literacy

Information Literacy
Standard 1:  The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively.
Rhode Island Standard 2:  Students will demonstrate information-seeking strategies to identify, locate, access and retrieve information in all formats.
Rhode Island Standard 3:  Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesize and analyze information in all formats.
Standard 2:  The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.
Rhode Island Standard 4:  Students will demonstrate an ability to organize and evaluate information in all formats.
Standard 3:  The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.
Rhode Island Standard 5:  Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas and information through the use of various media.

Independent Learning
Standard 4:  The student who is an independent learner is information literate and pursues information related to personal interests.
Rhode Island Standard 1:  Students will exhibit lifelong reading and lifelong learning skills.
Standard 5:  The student who is an independent learner is information literate and appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information.
Rhode Island Standard 1:  Students will exhibit lifelong reading and lifelong learning skills.
Standard 6:  The student who is an independent learner is information literate and strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.
Rhode Island Standard 2:  Students will demonstrate information-seeking strategies to identify, locate, access and retrieve information in all formats.
Rhode Island Standard 3:  Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesize and analyze information in all formats.
Rhode Island Standard 4:  Students will demonstrate an ability to organize and evaluate information in all formats.
Rhode Island Standard 5:  Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas and information through the use of various media.

Social Responsibility
Standard 7:  The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.
Rhode Island Standard 6:  Students will communicate an understanding of responsible and ethical practices related to the use of ideas and information.
Standard 8:  The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
Rhode Island Standard 6:  Students will communicate and understanding of responsible and ethical practices related to the use of ideas and information.
Standard 9:  The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.
Rhode Island Standard 2:  Students will demonstrate information-seeking strategies to identify, locate, access and retrieve information in all formats.
Rhode Island Standard 3:  Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesize and analyze information in all formats.
Rhode Island Standard 4:  Students will demonstrate an ability to organize and evaluate information in all formats.
Rhode Island Standard 5:  Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas and information through the use of various media.

Rhode Island State Standards for Information Literacy:

1.  Student will exhibit lifelong reading and lifelong learning skills.
 

2. Students will demonstrate information-seeking strategies to identify, locate, access and retrieve information in all formats.
 

3. Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesize and analyze information in all formats.
 

4. Students will demonstrate an ability to organize and evaluate information in all formats.
 

5. Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas and information through the use of various media.
 

6. Students will communicate an understanding of responsible and ethical practices related to the use of ideas and information.

*Approved by membership May 27, 1999
* Approved by Rhode Island Department of Education Board of Regents June 8, 2000