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Mission & Vision

Mission

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) promotes excellence in school

librarianship and advocates for strong school library media programs for all students. NJASL

provides school library media specialists with educational opportunities and current information

aligned with state and national learning standards to ensure that all school libraries empower

students, faculty, and staff to become effective and ethical users and producers of information.



Vision

Every student in every school in New Jersey is served by a certified full time school library media

specialist and has access to the technology and other resources needed. All students are

empowered to achieve success through inquiry-based, collaborative school library programs led by

credentialed school library media specialists. These professionals are recognized as educational

leaders and indispensable resources in their school communities.




Guiding Principles

Reading is essential for personal and academic success.

● Individuals have a right to access ideas and information.

● NJASL is committed to excellence in school libraries to transform learning.

● Effective school libraries are sufficiently staffed and managed by credentialed school library

media specialists, readily accessible, and adequately funded.

● The school library media specialist teaches students how to access and engage with

information in a variety of formats and platforms.

● All students achieve greater academic success when effective school library media programs

are integrated into their learning.

● Collaboration with essential stakeholders (teachers, administrators, parents, legislators,

affiliate organizations, and peers) is essential to the effectiveness of school library media

programs and to the overall success of students’ educational goals.

● Continuing professional development is essential to the effectiveness of school library media

specialists.

● Membership in NJASL is an essential component of every school librarian’s continuing

professional practice.

● NJASL welcomes the membership of all staff functioning in school libraries, as well as others

interested in excellence in school librarianship.

NJASL is committed to diversity in the profession and in the organization.

● NJASL values transparency in its relationships with members; we foster open discussion and

active participation among our members.




To achieve this mission, the Association pursues the following objectives:

  • Promote reading as a lifelong activity.
  • Promote information literacy and support the inherent right of the individual to access ideas and information.
  • Foster an understanding of the necessity for school library media centers and certified school library media specialists.
  • Advocate for all its members.
  • Promote adequate staffing and resources in every school library media center.
  • Support ongoing improvement of professional standards and certification requirements for school library media specialists.
  • Provide school library media specialists with professional development opportunities.
  • Mentor new school library media specialists.


  • Provide opportunities for school library media specialists to communicate, network and work together.
  • Foster collaboration between school library media specialists and administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other members of the school community.
  • Facilitate cooperation between school library media specialists and other librarians.
  • Participate in regional, state and national organizations.
  • Explain school library media practice to all members of the learning community.
  • Make public comment on matters related to school library media programs.
  • Encourage membership in the association and member involvement in association activities and services.


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