New Common Core Guidelines for Public and School Libraries

On Monday, June 18, New York State Library's Division of Library Development released a set of Common Core Learning Standards to be implemented in libraries throughout the state. These new guidelines will impact school and public libraries alike, and are meant to "foster a community of inquiry and literacy that leads to high academic achievement, independent reading and learning, and collaborative efforts throughout a student's life."

Documents now available include Libraries and the Common Core Learning Standards, which provides specific attributes of libraries that are aligned to meet the goals of the Common Core. Summer Reading at New York Libraries encourages inquiry-based programming and other activities that reinforce Common Core standards in public library settings.

Just today, the Division of Library Development announced the release of a prerecorded webinar titled Regents Reform Agenda and the Common Core, led by Lawrence Paska on May 28, 2013. Access to the slides from this presentation is also available through the Division of Developments' website.

In related news, ALA's Digital Literacy Task Force has released recommendations to "advance and sustain library engagement in digital literacy initiatives." These recommendations dovetail with the New York Common Core guideline that school librarians are best positioned to assist students and teachers to "assess the credibility and accuracy of each source" including search engines and databases. Learn more the Digital Literacy Task Force at District Dispatch.