Mission and Beliefs
The mission of the library program in the Iowa City Community School District is to provide an engaging, dynamic instructional program that equips students with life-long learning skills, delivered in an environment that optimizes services to support and enhance teaching, learning and literacy.
We believe that...
- life-long learning is the ultimate goal of schools in our society, and that the library program is vital to creating independent, informed, responsible learners.
- the teacher librarian is an instructional leader in the school with expertise in resources, technology and literature.
- the teacher librarian works in collaboration with teachers, administrators, support staff and parents to provide learning experiences that promote student achievement.
- the library program promotes critical thinking, engagement with information in all its forms and the responsible use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
- the library program fosters and supports the development of literacy and reading for enjoyment and for information
- the library curriculum promotes inquiry learning through information literacy instruction that enhances and reinforces classroom content and instruction.
- the library program cultivates connections with the larger learning community by providing students access to learning resources and activities beyond classroom and school walls.
- all children have the right to equal access to literature, information and information technologies.
- the diverse needs and learning styles of students require differentiation in learning resources and instruction.
- a rich and abundant collection of resources in many formats is essential to meet the teaching and learning needs of the school curriculum, and to reflect diversity and intellectual freedom principles.
American Association of School Librarians
The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.
- Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
- Intellectual Freedom
Every school librarian is a leader; every learner has a school librarian.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning. All aspects of the association’s work reflect the following core values: learning; innovation; equity, diversity, inclusion; intellectual freedom; and collaboration. AASL's vision declares that: Every school librarian is a leader; every learner has a school librarian.
AASL is the preeminent national professional association for school librarians. As a division of the American Library Association (ALA), AASL works collaboratively across the greater ALA organization and library ecosystem to increase understanding and promotion of the integral role of school librarians and school libraries for all learners. AASL is a strong partner to school administrators and educational organizations for advocating for and shaping educational opportunities and policy. Other educational organizations understand the integral role of the school librarian in K–12 schools and seek AASL's input and involvement with strategic initiatives and policies for learners. AASL's learner-centered educational policy empowers transformative teaching and learning for all.
School librarians value their AASL membership for the association's leadership in providing professional learning; influencing national, state, and local educational policy; developing comprehensive standards; reading and sharing innovations; promoting research; collaborating within and outside of the school library field; and transforming teaching and learning. AASL provides guidance to members on how to advocate at the national, state, and local level, ensuring school librarians are equipped to advocate for equitable access to educational resources.
AASL influences the school library community's behaviors and practices according to the core values of school librarianship. The work of the association models leadership and facilitates personal and professional learning growth. AASL celebrates school librarians for their powerful role in advocating for the needs of learners.
"AASL Governing Documents", American Library Association, July 25, 2012. http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/govern (Accessed December 10, 2019) Document ID: e004b3b3-6519-eac4-5d35-3dc6c8c4f71c