As stated in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, “The implementation of a successful school library program requires the collaborative development of the program mission, strategic plan, and policies, as well as the effective management of staff, the program budget, and the physical and virtual spaces.” With the new AASL standards and guidelines scheduled for publication in Fall 2017, it might be the right time to foster your school library mission statement and ensure that is easy to locate, both virtually and in the school library.
Resources to Guide School Librarians in Writing Mission Statements
Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader
This book has activities to help you write a mission statement, as well as sample school library mission statements. There is also a section on developing taglines, with some possible taglines for school libraries.
Libraries, Mission & Marketing: Writing Mission Statements That Work
This book has tips for writing mission statements, as well as words to avoid and 150 verbs, nouns and adjectives that would work well in a mission statement. There are some before and after (editing) examples of mission statements.
"List of Agreements by District Name." List. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE),
n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <http://educatorcontracts.doemass.org/contents.aspx?dataset=0>.
Toor, Ruth, and Hilda K. Weisburg. Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader.
Chicago: American Library Association, 2011. Print.
Wallace, Linda K. Libraries, Mission & Marketing: Writing Mission Statements That Work. Chicago: American Library
Association, 2004. Print.