•  Librarian Roles  and  Responsibilities

  • Teacher

    • Design standards-based lessons that develop students’ reading and thinking and information skills in all content areas

    • Teach lessons that effectively model and incorporate research, literacy, and technology

    • Collect and analyze data to show the relationship between the library program and student achievement

    • Encourage a love of reading through interactive programming, engaging lessons, and reader advisory

    • Create an environment that promotes active learning, invites collaboration, and supports inquiry

    • Maintain an open and respectful learning space where all students are welcomed and valued

    Information Specialist

    • Provide equitable access to digital and print resources for all students and staff

    • Develop and maintain a diverse library collection to meet students’ academic and recreational reading needs

    • Organize the library collection to maximize effective use by students and staff in a manner consistent with district practices

    • Demonstrate and teach critical evaluation of information and media in real-world contexts

    • Incorporate and model digital citizenship skills

    Instructional Partner

    • Collaborate with teachers and students to teach engaging, standards-based lessons

    • Make staff aware of and assist them in making the best use of all available resources ethically

    • Support staff in the use of instructional technology to engage students and improve learning 

    • Model effective strategies for developing multiple literacies

    • Involve parents and community members in library instruction and planning


    • Serve on decision making teams in the school, especially as related to curriculum and instruction

    • Share literacy expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent gatherings, etc.

    • Advocate for the library program and its positive impact on student learning through data

    • Remain current in professional practices, technology, and educational research applicable to the library

    • Provide relevant professional development to support and enhance teachers’ instruction

    Program Administrator

    • Ensure that library program goals are aligned with school and district goals

    • Assess the effectiveness of the library program periodically and adjust practices accordingly

    • Prepare and justify library budget in support of specific library program goals and the total school curriculum

    • Utilize appropriate technology for organization and communication

    • Recruit, train, and manage other library staff, students, and volunteers to meet the library’s goals