Use the links below and to the left to navigate the library media webpages.
Beyond Proficiency @ your library® is a web-based tool to guide Kentucky school media librarians, school administrators and SBDM councils in creating and maintaining effective library media programs for the 21st century. This set of guidelines from the Kentucky Department of Education aligns with national library standards and provides a framework for the effective management of a quality school library media program.
Several Kentucky universities offer programs in school media librarian certification. Visit the websites of each school for specific details about programs they offer.
According to the American Association of School Librarians’ Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, “Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught. In this increasingly global world of information, students must be taught to seek diverse perspectives, gather and use information ethically, and use social tools responsibly and safely.”
A collection development plan generally begins with a needs assessment that may include an inventory of available library media materials, an alignment of available materials to the state standards and teacher input on curricular needs. The collection development plan generally includes strategies for selecting, evaluating, purchasing, processing, and weeding materials.
Copyright laws, guidelines, and policy impact all school staff and students. Publishers and owners of copyright are increasingly watchful for infringements. Educators' behavior with regard to copyrights sends a clear message to students.
Flexible Scheduling - Library Media
Access to the library media center allows the use of the library media
center at the "point of need" by individuals, groups, and/or classes
through mutual planning by the library media specialist and the
classroom teacher to integrate information literacy skills and
literature into the classroom curriculum. Students and teachers must be
able to come to the center throughout the day to use information
sources, to read for pleasure, and to meet and work with other students
The official Library Media Newsletter for Kentucky Public schools.
Professional library media organizations encourage and offer opportunities for professional growth, participation in professional activities, and cooperation/collaboration with other educators.
The school library media center is regarded as the hub of the school community and integral to teaching and learning. By providing teachers and students with a full range of print and electronic resources to support learning, the school library media center impacts student achievement.
Participation in a network of school library media specialists locally or nationally enables a library media specialist to stay current, discuss issues, and ask questions electronically. KYLMS is specific to library media specialists in Kentucky.
Library media specialists are in a unique position that allows them to play a vital role in promoting the importance of reading among all learners. The Kentucky Bluegrass Award and Read Across America are two reading programs the library media specialist may want to offer to students.
The Kentucky Department of Education encourages all students to read during the summer by participating in Kentucky’s Summer Reading Programs at local Kentucky public libraries. Click here to find out more about programs sponsored by a library in your area.
Selected Internet sites that library media specialists may find useful.