Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Teacher Librarian Interests

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner offers a vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our professionals as education leaders. They will both shape the library program and serve as a tool for school librarians to use to shape the learning of students in the school.

Copyright Information

General information on copyright questions and answers can be located by clicking here to view the AIME newsletter. Questions about copyright can also be directed to Connie Johnson or Christine Sturgeon.


Most Iowa AEA Online databases provide detailed citation information on their websites. Some sample sources for other types of citations: Easybib & Citation Machine

Copyright BriefNOTEs for Students

A summary of U.S. copyright law and copyright guidelines for students in by clicking here to read this document [Some information is Heartland AEA specific.]

Copyright Condensed

This booklet for teachers describes what educators need to think about as they review their rights and responsibilities as users of copyrighted materials. Examines the balance between promoting creativity and protecting the rights of creators and user of information. [Some information pertains only to Heartland AEA.]


Digital Citizenship 

To assist in locating materials, primarily in Iowa AEA Online databases, on various aspects of Digital Citizenship, please xlick here.  The recommendations provided are culminating project of taking a self-paced online class from AEA PD Online.

Information Literacy

The sample curriculum is intended as a starting point for districts that do not currently have an information literacy curriculum in place. Teacher librarians and teachers will want to examine this model, adapt it to local standards and initiatives and find areas where it can be integrated into various subject areas to achieve the goal of helping students become independent learners. This is in no way intended as a stand-alone curriculum.

Iowa Association of School Librarians (IASL) advocates for strong school library programs in all Iowa schools and provides leadership, education, and support for its members.

The Iowa CORE takes learning to a deeper level by focusing on a well-researched set of standards in literacy and mathematics and essential concepts and skills in science, social studies, and 21st century learning (civic literacy, financial literacy, technology literacy, health literacy, and employability skills.)

Teacher-Librarians working with the Common Core Standards (CCS) and how they fit into their work with students should check out Carolyn Jo Starkey’s LiveBinder where they will find an online collection of resources. At this site, look for the featured resource titled "School Librarians and the Common Core Standards." Also on this site is a crosswalk between the Common Core Standards and the Standards for the 21st Century Learner.

Library Supply Discount Program

Library supply discounts are posted at the AEA Purchasing website. Click here to see discounts ranging from 30-40 percent off regular pricing for selected items.  Participating vendors include Brodart, Inc., DEMCO, Iowa Office Interiors (dba Storey Kenworthy), Mackin Educational Resources, OfficeMax, Point Nationwide/Storey Kenworthy, Quill, School Specialty, Staples, and The Library Store, Inc.

Make the Connection

Make the Connection - The 2002 research report on how quality school library media programs impact academic achievement in Iowa

NETS – ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
National Educational Technology Standards

For Students  - ISTE's NETS for Students (2007) help students prepare to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities. The new standards identify several higher-order thinking skills and digital citizenship as critical for students to learn effectively for a lifetime and live productively in our emerging global society. These areas include the ability to:

  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation
  • Communicate and collaborate
  • Conduct research and use information
  • Think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
  • Use technology effectively and productively

For Teachers - provides a framework for educators to use as they transition schools from Industrial Age to Digital Age places of learning.

For Administrators - Defines what administrators need to know and be able to do in order to discharge their responsibility as leaders in the effective use of technology in our schools.  Acknowledges two key understandings:

  • For administrators to create and sustain a culture that supports digital-age learning, they must become comfortable collaborating as co-learners with colleagues and students around the world.
  • In today’s digital learning culture, it’s less about staying ahead and more about moving forward as members of dynamic learning communities. Administrators convey a vision for technology infusion and ensure development of their own technology skills and those of others.


If you are questioning the authenticity of student work, here are some potential resources*: is a free learning center with information on how to avoid plagiarism and has recorded webinars to use with students. This site is from iParadigm, creators of Turnitin software.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a site to learn about plagiarism, the writing process, creating citations and a section for activities and strategies for teaching how to avoid plagiarism.

Paper Rater performs basic spelling and grammar checks but also can detect the likelihood that text has been copied. works like Paper Rater. Type of paste text in the search box and it will tell you if the material has been copied. Handouts are also available explaining fair use.

* adapted with permission from info@GWAEA, Dec. 2011, Volume 16, Issue 2, page 3.

School Library Program Guidelines

School Library Program Guidelines from the Iowa Department of Education. Other School Library Media topics at the Department of Education website - -  include 21st Century Teacher Librarian, Vision for Iowa’s School Libraries, Information Literacy Curriculum, Documents, and historical Iowa School Library Program Data.

Site Visits

Site Visit Document Review Checklist for Teacher-Librarians – Click here for more information.

Equity Review Checklist for Teacher-Librarians

  • Selection Policy – reinforces and supports multicultural, nonsexist approaches to the entire curriculum
  • Reconsideration Policy - reinforces and supports multicultural, nonsexist approaches to the entire curriculum
  • Weeding Policy
  • Bulletin Boards/Displays – reflect diversity and are multicultural (MC) and gender-fair (GF)
  • Professional Resource Collection – includes MC/GF approaches in instruction and curriculum
  • Lists and Bibliographies – MC/GF resource materials in various curriculum areas that are found in the school library media center, the Web, and other locations
  • Periodical Collection – includes periodicals that target diverse racial, ethnic, and interest groups
  • Identification of E-resources/websites – related to diversity and MC/GF education for staff and students
  • Student Library Media Center Aides – both male and female and reflect the cultural diversity of the student population
  • Accessibility – the library media center, its resources and services are accessible to students, staff, parents, and community. Accommodations are readily available for those with visual, hearing, and mobility issues.

Statewide Library Survey

Christine Sturgeon, our PLAEA Teacher Librarian, can provide details about this annual Statewide Library Survey.

Teacher-Librarian Roles and Responsibilities Matrix 

Teacher-Librarian Roles and Responsibilities Matrix is a resource to be used if a school requires guidance around this issue. The purpose of this document is to clarify roles of the professional librarian responsibilities and define the role of support staff. The document is on the BOEE website and is not specifically part of the school improvement site visit unless an issue in this area would surface. School improvement consultants consult with the BOEE staff when the need arises regarding the roles and responsibilities of teacher librarians.



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