This course explores principles, services, processes, policies, and strategies for leading the development, organization, and implementation of an effective and innovative school library program to ensure equitable physical, digital, and intellectual discovery, access to, and usability of collection and resources for diverse learning communities.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Implement procedures and services for acquiring, selecting, classifying, cataloging, processing school library resources in all formats for discoverability and use.
- Build relationships with vendors and publishers to evaluate and make thoughtful decisions about purchases across platforms, devices, and format.
- Integrate, embed and scale resources of all formats--including ebooks, subscription databases, mobile devices, apps, OER, and user-/student-generated content--into comprehensive collections to ensure equitable physical, digital, and intellectual access and equity.
- Develop skills and plans for both face-to-face and digital reference services.
- Build a digital presence and brand to promote awareness and use and to amplify the librarian’s professional and instructional voice.
- Develop local guidelines and collaborate on policies relating to such legal a ethical issues as student access, privacy, security, intellectual property and intellectual freedom.
- Engage in evidence-based decision-making practices to evaluate the effectiveness of library systems, services and platforms in meeting the needs of all members of the learning community, including services for special needs groups.