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Mission & Vision

Mission

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) advocates for high standards for school librarianship and school library media programs in the public, private and parochial schools in New Jersey. NJASL’s mission is to ensure that students and staff become critical thinkers, effective and ethical users and producers of information in support of the NJ State Core Content Curriculum Standards, Common Core State Standards Initiative, and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner. The Association fosters excellence in the school library media program by providing school library media specialists with educational opportunities and current information.



Vision

That every student in every school in New Jersey is served by a certified full time School Library Media Specialist. All students are empowered to achieve college and career readiness through active, collaborative library programs guided by credentialed School Library Media Specialists who are recognized as educational leaders and indispensable resources in their school communities.



Guiding Principles

  • Reading is essential for lifelong learning.
  • Individuals have a right to access ideas and information.
  • NJASL is committed to excellence in school library media programs.
  • Teaching students how to learn from information in a variety of formats and platforms is the central role of school library media specialists.
  • All students, regardless of community demographics, achieve greater academic success when effective school library media programs are integrated into their learning.
  • Effective school library media programs are competently staffed by credentialed School Library Media Specialists, readily accessible, and adequately funded.
  • Collaboration with 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 librarians, as it is for all professionals.
  • 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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