Leadership 7 Instructional Partner As reported by the AASL, librarians ranked instructional partner as their number one responsibility. The librarian’s role as instructional partner includes collabora- tion with school organizational members to develop policies, practices, and cur- riculum guiding instructional design by assisting classroom teachers in the creation of assignment and assessment strategies to meet rigorous academic stan- dard objectives and development of an awareness for social and cultural compe- tencies through informational literacy skills. Information Specialist Ranked number two by librarians in importance of responsibility, the information specialist plays a crucial role in supporting all members of the school community (AASL 2018 Mansfield 2016). Responsibilities that characterize this role include: assist in creation of engaging learning tasks connect the school with the larger global community communicate emerging models and technologies for locating, assessing, and supplementing available school resources analyze data of school library media usage and facilitate practical applications and use of information technology to aid in learning. Teacher Teaching continues to be a valued part of the librarian’s core responsibilities within their school communities (Purcell 2010). As described by the AASL (2009), “As teacher, the school librarian empowers students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of infor- mation.” The value in these skills directly contributes to students’ success throughout their careers and, as such, should be an ever-growing objective for teachers and one that should be taken seriously (McLaren 2015 Sticht, Hof- stetter, and Hofstetter 1997). Program Administrator Although ranked fourth among the roles outlined by the AASL, program adminis- trator is what I consider to be the lynchpin linking leadership responsibilities between librarians and principals. Descriptors and responsibilities used to define this role include: ensuring teachers and students have access to resources to meet the diversity of needs and interests collaborative development with organizational members and outside partners to develop a mission, vision, strategic plan, and polices that ensure effective management of library media program staff, budget, and space (both physical and virtual) formation of partnerships with community, global, and organizational stakeholders and the ability to address educational issues with personnel in their buildings, at the district level, and within profes- sional associations. Connections of Leadership Role Responsibilities Figure 1 demonstrates that the role responsibilities of the instructional partner, information specialist, and teacher easily link to that of the principal.
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