In the July/August issue of MMIS, Katherine Lowe wrote about the work of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries and its preliminary report, in The Work of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries. In that article, we promised an online update on the Task Force's Final Report, which was due just as Katherine's article was to appear in print. Well, that final report has been completed, and Katherine Lowe has been kind enough to supply us with this story and links to the report itself.
Recently, at the annual conference of American Library Association in New Orleans, the ALA Executive Board approved the Final Report of the Task Force on School Libraries. I was one of two school librarians appointed to this national Task Force, formed in response to the urgent need to support and maintain school library programs and certified school librarians across the nation.
The Task Force was charged with providing an overall assessment of the current state of school library services in America; identifying the most critical issues and trends affecting school libraries and school library media specialists; evaluating various options for responding to those issues; and making recommendations regarding practical strategies that the ALA can undertake to support and strengthen school library services nationwide. The group held its first meeting in June 2005 at the ALA conference in Chicago and completed most of its work online using e-mail and wikis. Task Force chair Barbara Stripling, Director of Library Services for the New York City Public Schools, presented an interim report at ALA's Mid-Winter Meeting in San Antonio last January.
The ALA Executive Board has accepted the Final Report and voted to develop a plan for implementation by their fall Board meeting in October. ALA Immediate Past-President Carol Brey-Casiano has been charged with the responsibility to oversee the development of the plan.
You can read the report by clicking HERE.
Click HERE to download the complete text of the Report to the ALA Executive Board of the School Libraries Task Force. (Word document hosted at the Massachusetts School Library Media Association Web site.)
Katherine Lowe is a member of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries. She is president of the Massachusetts School Library Media Association (MSLMA) and recently retired as director of the Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School Library & Boston Symphony Orchestra Education Resource Center. She may be contacted at email@example.com.