School Library Media Specialists
School library media specialists, along with those serving as school librarians, perform an array of educational and administrative tasks. They may teach students how to improve reading and research skills using a variety of pedagogical strategies such as group lessons, individualized coaching, hands-on activities and interactive instruction. They may also spend time organizing and managing print, media, and electronic resources while providing access to computers, databases, e-books and other technology. They also collaborate with content and grade level teachers in these activities while ensuring the school library is a safe place where all students can explore, create and acquire knowledge.
Here are some resources for school librarians.
- School Library Media Specialist roles and responsibilities FAQ
Our collective bargaining agreement and New York State regulations require every school have a functioning, well-stocked, technologically up-to-date library.
- Guidance on the programming of school library services
Librarians on the UFT Negotiating Committee worked to secure an agreement in the 2023 contract that required the DOE to issue guidance on the programming of library services.
- Department of Education library staffing plan
Commissioner's Regulations require that each secondary school should be staffed by a certified School Library Media Specialist.
- Librarian licensing Memorandum of Agreement
Effective May 1, 2020, the existing licenses for Library Secondary School will be broadened to include all grades.
- Librarian evaluation guide
By using the following guide you can have a proactive, productive and meaningful conversation with your administration throughout the evaluation cycle.
- Resolution in support of school librarians
The UFT, in collaboration with our statewide affiliate NYSUT, continues to advocate for the creation of regulations to mandate full-time certified school librarians in every school library in every school in New York City and State.