The Role of the School Librarian as a Collaborative Partner in Relationship to the Common Core State Standards
Stegmaier, Michelle R.
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Collaboration is not a new term to librarianship. However, for most Library Media Specialists, collaboration is an expectation that has yet to come to fruition or reach its full potential. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) adopted by most states presents a new opportunity for collaboration. Even though librarians are not specifically mentioned in the CCSS, they possess the skillset to become leaders and collaborative partners in education. The CCSS are designed to prepare students for college programs and career opportunities. The competencies listed by the American Association of School Librarians in, “The Standards For The 21st Century Learner,” (AASL) align with the goals of the CCSS. The Library Media Specialist is already equipped to provide resources, knowledge, and any other needed support of the implementation of the CCSS. It is up to Library Media Specialist to embrace this new role and assert themselves as leaders.