Library Media

Published: 8/30/2017 12:47 PM
Use the links below and to the left to navigate the library media webpages.
Answers to common questions about Library Media Programs in Kentucky including statutes and regulations guiding Kentucky library media programs.

Beyond Proficiency @ your library

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.​ ​

Certification in Kentucky – Library Media

Several Kentucky universities offer programs in school media librarian certification. Visit the websites of each school for specific details about programs they offer.

Citation and Plagiarism - Library Media

​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.”

Collection Development - Library Media

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 Information

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

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 librarian.

Growth and Evaluation Resources for School Librarians​
Collection of direct links to Library Media specific PGES resources.​

Kentucky School Library Media News

The official Library Media Newsletter for Kentucky Public schools.

Laws and Regulations - Library Media

Statutes (state laws) and state regulations guide library media programs in Kentucky. View those statutes and regulations on this page.

Lexile Information for School and Families

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: A Video Series

​"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 special guests.

Library Media Professional Organizations

Professional library media organizations encourage and offer opportunities for professional growth, participation in professional activities, and cooperation/collaboration with other educators.

Library Media Program Research

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.

Library Listservs

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.

Reading Programs - Library Media

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.

Summer Reading

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.

Kathy Mansfield
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Program Standards
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-9850
Fax (502) 564-9848