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Answers to common questions about Library Media Programs in Kentucky including statutes and regulations guiding Kentucky library media programs.
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.
An open or flexible library schedule means students and teachers are
able to access the school library throughout the day to use information
sources, to read for pleasure and to meet and work with other students
and teachers. A flexible schedule also provides opportunities for
students and teachers to access the certified librarian for guidance in
the inquiry process and for support in accessing print and digital
resources for content reading and reading for pleasure. A school library
with a flexible schedule provides an opportunity for classroom teachers
to participate in co-teaching and collaboration with the certified
Collection of direct links to Library Media specific PGES resources.
The official Library Media Newsletter for Kentucky Public schools.
Statutes (state laws) and state regulations guide library media programs in Kentucky. View those statutes and regulations on this page.
A Lexile measure is a valuable
piece of information about either an individual's reading ability or the
complexity of a text, like a book or magazine article.
"Library Conversations" is a video series produced by the Kentucky
Department of Education to highlight effective practices in Kentucky
school libraries. The videos feature interviews with Kentucky school and
district leaders, certified school librarians in Kentucky and other
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.