COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120



 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 213
December 8, 2000
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Announcement of Powerful Partnerships: Come to the Library Where Information is SOL Power

The Office of Instructional Media and Training is pleased to announce the publication of a document that fosters the development of collaborative partnerships between library media specialists and classroom teachers. Powerful Partnerships: Come to the Library Where Information is SOL Power was developed in response to requests from library media specialists and administrators to identify the role that the library media specialist plays in implementing the standards. This document highlights areas of the standards where library media specialists have unique skills and knowledge to assist teachers in the instructional process. Many of the objectives in the Standards of Learning parallel the information literacy standards outlined by Information Power, a publication of the American Library Association and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology. The Virginia Standards of Learning and the information literacy standards insure that all students will become active participants in the learning process and have the skills to be successful in our information-rich society.

In the summer of 2000, more than 100 educators attended two regional workshops for division-level library media contacts and division-level instructional leaders.Participants were given a draft of the document Powerful Partnerships: Come to the Library Where Information is SOL Power for review. They indicated that such a document would be most helpful in planning for staff development. Many were unaware of the diverse skills that library media specialists contribute to the instructional program. The workshops were an opportunity for instructional leaders and library media specialists to discuss the role of the library media specialist in the curriculum of the school. Information was provided to these participants outlining several research studies that revealed that a good library program is a strong indicator of academic success. Additional research has shown that the level of involvement of the library media specialist in the curriculum is an indicator of how well students score on norm-referenced tests such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Stanford 9.

The information in Powerful Partnerships: Come to the Library Where Information is SOL Power provides an opportunity for staff development activities to encourage collaborative partnerships between classroom teachers and library media specialists. The document will be posted as a PDF document at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/powerfulpartnerships.pdf and will be available for downloading. Each school division superintendent will also receive a camera-ready copy of the publication that is suitable for duplication and distribution to every teacher and library media specialist.

For additional information about this publication, contact Charlie Makela, school library media and technology specialist, 804-786-9412 or (mailto:cmakela@pen.k12.va.us).

JLD/cm