School Library Media Graduate Certification Program


Dr. Kimberly McFall:


AASL (American Association of School Librarian) Standards (2010)

Candidates are effective teachers who demonstrate knowledge of learners and learning and
who model and promote collaborative planning, instruction in multiple literacies, and
inquiry-based learning, enabling members of the learning community to become effective
users and creators of ideas and information. Candidates design and implement instruction
that engages students' interests and develops their ability to inquire, think critically, gain and share knowledge.


    1. Knowledge of learners
    2.  Effective and knowledgeable teacher
    3. Instructional partner
    4. Integration of 21st Century skills and learning standards

Candidates promote reading for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. Candidates are aware of major trends in children's and young adult literature and select reading materials in multiple formats to support reading for information, reading for pleasure, and reading for lifelong learning. Candidates use a variety of strategies to reinforce classroom reading instruction to address the diverse needs and interests of all readers.

2.1    Literature
2.2    Reading promotion
2.3    Respect for diversity
2.4    Literacy strategies

Candidates model and promote ethical, equitable access to and use of physical, digital and virtual collections of resources. Candidates demonstrate knowledge of a variety of information sources and services that support the needs of the diverse learning community. Candidates demonstrate the use of a variety of research strategies to generate knowledge to improve practice.

3.1    Efficient & ethical information-seeking behavior
3.2    Access to information
3.3    Information technology
3.4     Research & knowledge creation

Candidates advocate for dynamic school library programs and positive learning environments that focus on student learning and achievement by collaborating and connecting with teachers, administrators, librarians, and the community. Candidates are committed to continuous learning and professional growth and lead professional development activities for other educators. Candidates provide leadership by articulating ways in which school libraries contribute to student achievement.

4.1    Networking with library community
4.2    Professional development
4.3    Leadership
4.4    Advocacy

Candidates plan, develop, implement, and evaluate school library programs, resources and services in support of the mission of the library program within the school according to the ethics and principles of library science, education, management, and administration.

5.1    Collections
5.2    Professional Ethics
5.3    Personnel, Funding and Facilities
5.4    Strategic Planning and Assessment

For additional information contact:

Dr. Kimberly McFall, School Library Media Program Coordinator,
(304) 746-8975