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The American Library Association published the book Information Power to share their vision of more fully integrating information and technology literacy across school curriculum.  Nine Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning are listed, along with assessment indicators to help determine whether a students are achieving basic, proficient, or exemplary skill levels.  The book provides an outline for creating an exemplary school media center program.

A central concept is to build partnerships for learning with an emphasis on collaboration, leadership, and technology.  The goal is to prepare students with the skills they will need in the 21st century.  Information Power outlines goals that can be adapted build strong library media programs.  The book represents a comprehensive analysis of the benefits of partnerships among the library media specialist, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other school stakeholders and the commitment of all to the value of universal and unrestricted access of information and ideas.

In order to implement this vision, today's school library media specialist will need to perform an increasing number of roles that extend far beyond traditional "librarians."  Karen Schneider, a contributor to ALA's magazine, American Libraries, has written numerous articles and books on information and technology literacy.  Her top ten characteristics of tomorrow's librarians are as follows:

  1. Bilingual. We know MARC and HTML
  2. Ecumenical. Every job is our job
  3. Pragmatic planners:
  4. Party-poopers (in a good way). We say it when the emperor has no clothes
  5. Party animals. We put the fun in fundamentals
  6. Snake-oil salespeople. We use our skills to sell our services
  7. Pitt bulls of technology. The first to try, the sharpest analysis, the strongest advocacy
  8. Literacy instructors. Teachers of ESL (electronics as a second language)
  9. Aggressive imperialists. We move into other professional turf (e.g., adult education)
  10. Champions of freedom. The freedom to read, the right to privacy, the right to access

Clearly, in today's dynamic education environment, administration of library media programs needs to must be efficient and directly contribute to the successful attainment of school goals.  The links to the right provide information and resources to support important concepts, procedures, and resources to build and maintain library media centers that are up to the challenges 

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