NYLA Announces Approval of School Librarian Evaluation Rubric by State Education Department

Albany, NY The New York State Library Association is pleased to announce that the New York State Department of Education (SED) has approved “School Librarian Evaluation Rubric”. The tool provides guidance to school districts in evaluating the performance of school librarians in support of the newly mandated Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) process.

The rubric was developed in partnership between the Section of School Librarians (SSL) of NYLA and the School Library Systems Association (SLSA). The team worked for over a year on the development of the document, which underwent multiple revisions prior to final SED approval.

“We are excited to be able to provide this resource to schools across New York State, and believe it is the most accurate tool available for evaluating school librarians,” stated NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen.

The “School Librarian Evaluation Rubric” can be found online on the SED website at:

Colorado's New Highly Effective School Library Program Evaluation Rubric, 2016
The new 2016 Colorado Highly Effective School Library Program Evaluation Rubric is now live and available! This new rubric guides administrators and teacher librarians in sustaining and growing the school’s library program and provides them with a means for evaluating all aspects of a Highly Effective School Library Program.

Our goal was to provide a document that was more student-centric, concise, future-forward, and more closely aligned with the Colorado Teacher Evaluation Rubric.

As we learn more about the ESSA impact in the coming months, we also envision that this document could help guide library program best practices.

We welcome any questions. Oh happy day!!

Becky and Casey