Public Libraries and the Common Core State Standards Mini-Conference, Anaheim Public Library, April 3, 2014

The Common Core movement has been characterized as the biggest shift in American education in the past century. Public libraries across California are starting to feel the impact of a whole new brand of after-school homework assignments. This mini-conference was presented by the California State Library to help public libraries prepare for the new Common Core State Standards that are being implemented in school districts throughout the state. The session covered:

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  • What the Common Core standards are and how the California educational landscape is changing to adapt to them
  • How public librarians locally and nationwide are taking advantage of the shift in educational focus to promote public library services
  • What to consider when purchasing materials to meet new homework demands

Speakers included Marc Aronson, School Library Journal columnist and national expert on libraries and the Common Core; Alison Pickering, Elementary Literacy Coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District; and representatives from the Palos Verdes, Mission Viejo, and Santa Clarita public libraries, which had already begun working with their local school districts to prepare for the Common Core. Slides from the conference presentations and handouts are available below.

Presentation slides:

"Common Core: True, False and What It Means to Public Librarians" – Mark Aronson, author and School Library Journal columnist

"Preparing Students for College and Career: Introduction to the Common Core State Standards, English Language Arts" – Alison Pickering, Elementary Literacy Coordinator, LAUSD

"Common Core Curriculum Presents a Great Opportunity for Libraries" – Gayle Meldau, Library Manager for Public Services, Mission Viejo Library

"Common Core: Public Library and School Partnerships" – Kelly Behle, Youth Services Coordinator, City of Santa Clarita Public Library

"SchooLinks: Guiding Teachers and Students to Reliable Online Sources" – Michael Barb and Louise Beebe, Young Readers Department, Palos Verdes Library District


"Articles for Librarians on the Common Core Standards" A short compilation of recent articles from various sources.

"College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards." Adapted from LAUSD, Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and School Support. 2013.

"Mark Aronson Biography."

"Public Libraries and the Common Core State Standards: Resources." Compiled by Renee Ousley-Swank, School Library Technology Consultant, California Department of Education. 2014.

"Public Libraries and the Common Core State Standards: Collection Development Resources." Compiled by K. McGuire. March 2014.

"Public Libraries and the Common Core State Standards: Selected Resources [bibliography]." Compiled by Cindy Mediavilla. April 3, 2014.