In the spring of 2010, the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) called for the establishment of a committee to write school library standards. A select group of public and private school teacher-librarians/media specialists from around the state researched and studied the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) guidelines, library standards articulated by other states, and existing grade level library standards from various school districts both in and out of state. They went through a process of study, synthesis and writing, drawing on the professional and collective wisdom of experts in the area of K-12 library instruction, reading and technology use. Together, the committee identified four instructional areas necessary for a robust library program: Information Literacy; Reading Engagement; Social Responsibility and Technology Integration.
An initial edition of the standards was introduced to board members of the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) for review and comment. Their recommendations were considered, and the capstone of the entire process is the Oregon School Library Standards.
Teacher-Librarians serving on the 2011-2012 committee for the Oregon School Library Standards are:
Linda Bilyeu, Bend/La Pine School District - firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee members who wrote the standards termed out in 2012. That same year a standing committee to the OASL board was formed. Their purpose was to decide what actions were needed to carry the library standards to the next level. Their decision was to begin the process to have the library standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Contacts were made with both legislative and private supports as well as academic and public school librarians. They also contacted officers from the Oregon Department of Education, thus beginning the process to submit the library standards for adoption.
In 2014, a team of four came together to make two presenations to the Board, asking them to adopt the standards. Team members included, Stephanie Thomas, OASL president, Susan Stone, OASL past-president, Jen Maurer, OASL, Board Member and Peggy Christensen, OASL Board Member. On November 18, 2014, the team had their first audience with two represenatives from the Oregon Department of Education, Emily Nazarov, Executive Officer, Office of the Deputy Superintendent and Nicole Dalton, State Board Executive Officer, Government & Legal Affairs, Office of the Deputy Superintendent. These two officers listened to the presentation, offered direction to the team, and made a recommendation to the Board that the team be allowed to present. The team made their presentation before the full Board on December 11, 2014. On January 22, 2015, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Oregon School Library Standards.
The vote by SBOE serves as "seal of approval." That means the Board has reviewed the standards and the work that went into creating them. As of January, 2015, it is not mandatory that school districts use the standards. That would require an administrative rule directing school districts to use them.
Teacher-Librarians currently serving on the Library Standards standing committee are:
Linda Bilyeu - Retired, Bend/La Pine School District - email@example.com
Peggy Christensen, - Chair, Coos Bay Public Schools – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Harmon, Neahkahnie Public Schools - email@example.com
Becky Kleinhesselink, Medford Public Schools - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Lary, Springfield Public Schools- email@example.com
Shelby Linn, Bend/La Pine School District - firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Nordahl, North Bend Public Schools - email@example.com
Eila Overcash, Bend/La Pine School District - firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Richards, St. John Fisher School - email@example.com
Amy Wilde, Bend/La Pine School District - firstname.lastname@example.org