Program Planning

In addition to the resources under Standards and Curriculum, the Office of Library Services has developed several documents to assist your school in developing an exemplary 21st Century library program, as outlined in the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner. If you need assistance with your library program, please contact Library Services at

Campus Librarian Handbook  
Developed in collaboration by the Office of Library Services and New Visions for Public Schools, the Campus Librarian Handbook offers ideas and strategies for operating a school library on a campus.

Comprehensive Education Plan Guiding Questions
Schools may wish to refer to this set of Guiding Questions as they are preparing their Comprehensive Education Plan.  the questions will help educators think through the essential elements of exemplary library programs and determine the areas where they would most likely to improve their library services in order to impact the education of every student in the school.

Citizenship in the Digital Age
This publication was supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The guide contains sample lessons from grades 1 to 12 in the areas of responsibility and online safety.  The lessons are aligned to the NYC Information Fluency Continuum and Common Core Learning Standards.

Empire State Information Fluency Continuum 
The Information Fluency Continuum provides a framework for the instructional aspects of a library program. The framework is based on three standards that form the basis for the skills and strategies that are essential for students to become independent readers and learners.

The documents in this guide include:

LMC21 Rubric
What are the opportunities for improvement of your Library Media Center? Use the LMC21 Rubric to determine how your library matches the characteristics of a 21st Century Library Media Center. The strengths and needs identified will lead to focus areas for your Library Learning Walk.

Librarians Guidebook
The Librarian's Handbook is a guide to the policies, standards, and procedures that enable library personnel to develop, organize, and manage exemplary library programs.

Library Learning Walk
The Library Learning Walk is designed as a collaborative tool for administrators, librarians, and teachers to define the vision for their library program and the path to achieve that vision. It is an observation and planning document that is based on national and state standards for school library media programs and the philosophy of centering a library program on student learning.

Project-Based Learning: Inspiring Middle School Students to Engage in Deep and Active Learning
This 2009 edition of Project-Based Learning: Inspiring Middle School Students to Engage in Deep and Active Learning is a major revision and update of the Exit Project Guide that was originally published for Science and Social Studies in 2000. This newly revised guide provides an overview of Project-Based Learning, guidance on planning projects, assistance on creating an optimal learning environment to teach skills and content, and supports to structure the project around an Inquiry Process.

Reflective Practice
An easy-to-use rubric to evaluate and develop goals for a school librarian's professional growth.

Program Responsibilities
Responsibilities for the library program shared by the educators at the school

REACTS Taxonomy
A taxonomy of research projects for differentiating instruction.

School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) Rubric
A self-assessment instrument developed by NYSED for use by teachers, librarians, students, administrators, parents, and school community members to assess the Library Media Program across 25 different "Essential Elements." Is your library program "Proficient?"

School Quality Review