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School Library Media Programs and Teacher-Librarians

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2015 RCW Update
The content below is designed to highlight several of the key statutes that make up, and relate to, RCW 28A.320.240School library media programs — Stocking of libraries — Teacher-librarians and WAC 392-204-020 — School library media program.

Not every RCW and WAC related to school libraries is detailed or outlined here. Instead, we focus on those specific areas of interest common among schools eager to integrate a school library media program or make sure their current program aligns with state law and regulation.

Revised Code of Washington
RCW 28A.320.240 - School library media programs — Stocking of libraries — Teacher-librarians — identifies the criteria for “quality” library media programs able to support Washington’s academic standards and graduation requirements.

(1) The purpose of this section is to identify quality criteria for school library media programs that support the student learning goals under RCW 28A.150.210, the essential academic learning requirements under RCW 28A.655.070, and high school graduation requirements adopted under RCW 28A.230.090.
(2) Every board of directors shall provide for the operation and stocking of such libraries as the board deems necessary for the proper education of the district's students or as otherwise required by law or rule of the superintendent of public instruction.
(3) "Teacher-librarian" means a certified teacher with a library media endorsement under rules adopted by the professional educator standards board.
(4) "School-library media program" means a school-based program that is staffed by a certificated teacher-librarian and provides a variety of resources that support student mastery of the essential academic learning requirements in all subject areas and the implementation of the district's school improvement plan.
(5) The teacher-librarian, through the school-library media program, shall collaborate as an instructional partner to help all students meet the content goals in all subject areas, and assist high school students completing high school and beyond plans required for graduation.

Four Related Statutes

  • RCW 39.33.070School districts and libraries — Disposal of obsolete or surplus reading materials — Procedures
  • RCW 28A.655.070Essential academic learning requirements and assessments — Duties of the superintendent of public instruction
  • RCW 28A.150.210 — Basic Education — Goals of school districts
  • RCW 28A.230.090High school graduation requirements or equivalencies — Reevaluation of graduation requirements — Review and authorization of proposed changes — Credit for courses taken before attending high school — Postsecondary credit equivalencies

Washington Administrative Code
WAC 392-204-020School library media program

    The school library media program is to include resources that promote a positive impact on student learning, such as a variety of resources for reading advocacy, student communication skills, electronic and print information, and resources that support student mastery of the essential academic learning requirements in all subject areas and the implementation of the district's school improvement plan, consistent with the goals for Washington common schools, as adopted by the state board of education.

WAC 392-204-009Definitions

    (1) "Teacher-librarian" means a certified teacher with a library media endorsement under WAC 181-82A-202 (1)(i), 181-82-344, or 181-82-346.

    (2) "School library media program" means a school-based program that is staffed by a certificated teacher-librarian.

WAC 392-204-025Services

    The teacher-librarian, through the school library media program, shall collaborate as an instructional partner and informational specialist with classroom teachers to develop students' information and technology skills, help all students meet the content goals in all subject areas, and assist high school students completing the culminating project and high school and beyond plans required for graduation under WAC 180-51-061.

WAC 392-204-055Other sources

    Library media centers should provide direct access to a wide range of print and electronic resources. When it is not feasible to provide resources at the building level, the use of sources beyond the building shall be considered an alternate way of providing access.

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