Library Services

Professional Development Offerings for 2013-2014


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Effective library programs provide inviting spaces, up-to-date resources, and opportunities for powerful learning experiences so that students and teachers can gather ideas, exchange points of view, and learn together.

At all grade levels, librarians help students grow as individuals by fostering a love of reading and learning; teaching students the critical thinking, technology, and literacy skills to ask good questions and investigate the answers; offering equitable access to resources and technology; and helping students make sense of the information they find to develop new understandings.

Libraries help students develop information skills so that after graduation they can enter the workforce or go to college armed with the skills of learning and inquiry that they will need to be successful. These skills are built continuously from kindergarten to 12th grade through library instruction, and are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.  Visit the New York City Department of Education Common Core Library for additional information. 

  • Click here to access the Empire State K-12 Information Fluency standards and benchmarks outlining the major skills students should learn at each grade level and the alignment to the Common Core Learning Standards. Libraries also provide instructional support to all teachers and students through access to resources.
  • Click here for resources to support students and teachers.
  • Click here for resources to support librarians.
  • Click here for automation and shared catalog information.

Principals, librarians and teachers will find support in the design and implementation of exemplary library programs through documents and sample policies listed under Educator Resources.