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Fighting Cuts: How To Keep Librarians in Schools. Ten ways to advocate for your role as a teacher librarian - SCIS. You can offer to support the program with physical resources, curated website collections, core text suggestions, research skills that you can teach — the opportunities are endless. Your broad knowledge of learning across the school can contribute to curriculum mapping, connecting the work of individual subjects to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching opportunities. 5. Gain support from leadership You can find a supporter among the school leadership team who understands your vision to improve student outcomes across the school. 6. You can teach. 7. You can create a library space that both students and staff feel that they can make their own. Believe that anything is possible with the space you are looking after. 8.

You can introduce yourself a lot. 9. You can contribute to the school community beyond the library. You can consider other ways your unique skillset can contribute to the school and fill a need that the school is facing. 10. You are good at learning new technologies. Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us - When schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement gets a boost. By Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between high-quality library programs and student achievement (Gretes, 2013; Scholastic, 2016). Data from more than 34 statewide studies suggest that students tend to earn better standardized test scores in schools that have strong library programs.

Further, when administrators, teachers, and librarians themselves rated the importance and frequency of various library practices associated with student learning, their ratings correlated with student test scores, further substantiating claims of libraries’ benefits. Skeptics might assume that these benefits are associated mainly with wealthier schools, where well-resourced libraries serve affluent students. References. Library Reports as Infographics – Librarian Design Share. For those of us in school and academic libraries, the end of the semester and school year is a time for reflection and…reporting (womp womp).

Rather than send out the same old charts, graphs, and narrative reports, why not turn a chore into an exercise in graphic design? It’s a great opportunity to learn a new graphic design tool like Canva, Publisher, or Illustrator, and may even give you a chance to think about what numbers and data mean the most to you and your library. Today’s designs are two different examples of library reports as infographics. The first comes to us all the way from New Zealand! Miriam Tuohy, Librarian at Palmerston North Girls’ High School and current President of the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa, uses Canva to quickly create posters, signage, and other eye-catching designs. She decided to expand on her Canva use to include report creation. Like this: Like Loading... School Libraries, Teacher Librarians and Acceleration of. The Advocate's Toolbox | The Five Ed Tech Elephants in the PreK–12 Classroom | Opinion.

Despite encouraging advances in the application of technology in classrooms, we have yet to see a more pervasive model of true Blended Learning, where technology is seamlessly integrated into instruction in order to drive better student learning outcomes. Schools worldwide are redefining the traditional classroom model to deliver personalized learning through technology-driven methods, but familiar issues − including lagging student achievement, still-inequitable distribution of resources, and continued segregation – continue to impede progress.

How do educators provide equitable distribution of the most promising and effective learning technologies and strategies to all students—most notably the ones in resource-poor districts? Schools are gamely exploring ways to lay down wireless infrastructure to deliver more consistent Internet access for students. We also now see schools intentionally blending “technology” into teaching and learning objectives. 10 Social Media Marketing Tips for Libraries. There are now so many social media platforms available for libraries to participate in, but it’s sometimes difficult to get a handle on how these channels can best be used for marketing library services. If you’re considering leveraging social media to promote your library, here are some strategies I’ve found helpful: 1.) Think Big, Start Small Just because you CAN sign up with every social media channel out there doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

Pick one of the major outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn and create an outstanding presence there…then take that experience (and those followers!) And move on to others. 2.) You don’t have to create all original content for your blog, tweets, or Facebook statuses, and actually it’s a better idea not to do so. 3.) Create a consistent presence on all of the social media platforms you’re using for your library. 4.) No one wants to see a one-way conversation. 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) The best 2017 infographics about books, libraries, and reading. The world of books and reading as seen in the most popular infographics released in 2017. Although not as popular as a few years ago, infographics are still an entertaining and convenient way to share facts, ideas, figures, and mechanisms. Our archive of infographics about books, libraries, and reading is continually growing, and we are excited to share with you the ones that met with the best reception from our friends, both on the blog and in social media.

Compared to 2016, which was full of fantastic infographics about libraries and librarians, this year is mainly about reading. You will have a chance to learn about reading habits around the world, compare time spent with books vs. phone, or find lots of tips to make you a better and happier reader. Let these tips make it into our lists of the New Year resolutions! 10 best book and library infographics of 2017 1. Aren’t you spending a little too much time on your smartphone? ⇢ Credits and more info 2. . ⇢ Credits and more info 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star. Advocacy for school libraries. How we can take responsibility. After the success of my post in November 2017 Why do teachers need school librarians? 5 questions to ask yourself. Where over 29000 people viewed it I began to worry about how I could ever match that again. I think I have come to the conclusion that I can't! I just have to write about what I feel passionate about and let the world decide if it is interesting enough to read and share so here goes. Advocacy Today I want to talk about advocacy for school libraries, it may seem an impossible mountain to climb but I do feel that we all have a responsibility to engage with it one way or another. Ok, I hear you say, that is easier said than done. Advocacy Ideas Staff meetings Like you, I have always felt frustrated that I know that I can make a difference to a teachers job if they allowed me to work with them. Read. Also take a look at my account here which has lots of ideas for school librarians Have all my staff meetings gone well, no!

Social Media Blogging Podcast interviews Conferences. My School Library Rocks! Bring the teachers in: enticing teachers into the library - SCIS. The primary focus of the school library has always been to support the information and learning needs of staff and students. However in most schools the focus invariably falls on providing for the needs of students, whilst supporting staff professional development is an auxiliary function. Background Two years ago virtually all library services and collections at Wellington College were aimed at meeting the needs of students. Displays and competitions were focused toward students, and little attention was paid to how teachers and support staff used the library. In an effort to boost the profile of the library within the school–and align with our mandate to support the learning and information needs of staff and students–Bevan Holloway (Teacher with Library Responsibility) and I devised a plan to get more buy-in from teachers.

We wanted to entice them into the library space and in turn, achieve greater patronage from staff and students. Monday 7 April 2014 - Period 2. 1. 2. 3. Save libraries: free posters to print! - Sarah McIntyre. Last night I made some posters for the London #CarnegieOccupation march from Carnegie Library to Minet Library at 11:30 this Saturday (9 April): But then Minet Library asked if they could have copies of the posters, too! So here are some downloadable versions. Feel free to use these posters in any non-commercial way that promotes libraries. (And I'd appreciate a credit, just because I'm an illustrator and you should always credit illustrators.) :) If you get a chance, I'd love it if you'd leave a note in the comments, saying where you are, and if you're using it in any particular library!

Download A3 sizeDownload A4 sizeDownload US Letter size Download A3 sizeDownload A4 sizeDownload US Letter size Here's a version you can print in black and white and colour yourself: Download A3 sizeDownload A4 sizeDownload US letter size Download A3 sizeDownload A4 sizeDownload US letter size Here's are links to download earlier posters I drew: Download A3 sizeDownload A4 sizeDownload US Letter size. Library Advocacy Unshushed. This is an Archived Course EdX keeps courses open for enrollment after they end to allow learners to explore content and continue learning. All features and materials may not be available, and course content will not be updated. Check back often to see when new course start dates are announced. How can we strengthen libraries and librarians in the advancement of knowledge, creativity, and literacy in the 21st century? Though libraries have been loved for over 3,600 years, their relevance in the digital age is being questioned, and their economic and social impacts are poorly understood.

Values and transformative impacts of libraries and librarianship Research on current perceptions of libraries and librarians Role of relationships in advocacy Principles of influence and their impact on advocacy Strategic thinking and planning in advocacy Effective communication: messages, messengers, and timing Guest speakers share their ideas, recommendations and successes. 5 Ways to Advocate for Your School Library This Year. Advocacy. How often do you think about how to advocate for your school library? How often do you read blogs, articles, and essays published with ideas on how and why to advocate for your program?

It is an almost constant thought in my mind. Will I receive funds this year? What laws protect my school library program? How can I safely advocate for my school library program? How can I get student/parent/teacher/administrator buy-in for the school library program? How? 1. Share your calendar with your faculty and staff. 2. I realize that t-shirts are not the most teacher-appropriate attire; however, if they relate to your program or an activity taking place in your school library…why not? If you are unable to wear t-shirts to “the office,” simply post it on social media. 3. As part of a campaign to advocate for school library programs, one of our state organizations has been “mugging” our supporters. Arkansas is not the first state to conduct a mug campaign. 4. 5. Author: Ashley Cooksey. School Libraries and Their Influence on School Culture.

School culture refers to the way teachers and other staff members work together and the set of beliefs, values, and assumptions they share. A positive school climate and school culture promote students’ ability to learn (ASCD, 2017). Students, staff, administration, and parents are influential to the school culture, but so is the facility, the history, and the community. Each component can have a positive or negative effect on the school culture, but none can take the entire credit or blame for the school culture. Together, they collectively contribute. I have worked in a handful of different schools, and each school had its own culture. Is your school culture “positive” or “negative”?

On the other hand, in a toxic school environment, teacher relations are often riddled with conflict, the staff doesn’t believe in the ability of the students to succeed, and a generally negative attitude prevails (Education World). School librarians CAN have an effect on school culture. References ASCD. Teacher Librarian Roles. Advocacy: Print this poster and spread the word – we NEED school libraries and teacher librarians! There are a lot of positive moves afoot to protect and promote our school libraries and teacher librarians. Check out the amazing support being provided by Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children’s Laureate, The role that a school library and a qualified teacher librarian may play in the literacy lives of children makes their full time presence in every school, primary and secondary, a no brainer for me.

I have written previously about the reasons why we need school libraries and teacher librarians more than ever, despite the fact that we carry the internet in our pockets. This is another way that I hope to promote this message. This visual literature review provides scholarly evidence that when we promote school libraries and teacher librarians, we are not just promoting cosy reading nooks and treasured story-times (although these are vitally important also!). We are promoting information literacy and critical literacy – key skills in the 21st century. Infographics - Literacy Matters! Advocacy is not enough we need power – Informative Flights. Librarians are big on advocacy. Big on helping their peers when they’re not being heard in their communities or schools to build their “advocacy toolkit”. Most librarian courses include at least one module in one course on advocacy. Some academic librarians have built their careers on advocacy. But I’d like to cry foul. This has been going on for long enough.

Looking at advocacy it has a couple of tenants: “Five Advocacy Tips At the basic level advocacy is building relationships. I’d like to posit that the whole concept of advocacy is wrong. I’d like to suggest that the decline in school libraries and school librarians is inversely correlated with the rise in EdTech or Digital Tech or Digital Literacy teams and resources. There have been two little discussions on the various librarian network groups I’m on that relate to these questions.

The first was about the merits of becoming Google Educator certified. Types. So I’d say we don’t need advocacy we need power. Ten ways to advocate for your role as a teacher librarian - SCIS. ON LIBRARIES: Still Feeling Alone? Feeling alone on a daily basis is a common challenge for many librarians. It’s bad enough being the sole librarian in the school –or possibly the district—but when teachers don’t see you as one of them, you feel isolated.

Why does it happen? What can you do about it? I’m not going to suggest you build your PLN or join library-related Facebook groups. I already did that in my May blog The Myth of the Lonely Librarian. I am also assuming you now have contacts with your librarian colleagues across the country. And yet you still feel lonely. It’s how the job seems to you every day while you are at school that’s the problem, and a lot of librarians feel this way. First a look at the why. Librarians do. Trying to explain the range of your job and how challenging it usually is isn’t effective. Now let’s look at what to do. Whether or not you express your feelings, they are communicated. A helpful switch can be: “I can win them over, one teacher at a time.” Like this: Like Loading... You think you know what librarians do? – SCIS Schools Catalogue Information Service.

8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now. School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning. School Libraries - More Important Than Ever - TechNotes Blog - TCEA. 10 ways Poster A3 0. Why we need qualified teacher librarians for the digital future — Kinderling Kids Radio — music for children and families. School libraries work. School Library Advocacy :: ASLA. Resources. Tl poster. Why We'll Always Need Librarians — Articulate Show. Self-advocacy through evidence-based practice – SCIS Schools Catalogue Information Service. Guerrilla book fair: getting staff involved in your school library - SCIS.

From OZ TL net 10/10/17. 5 Ways to Advocate for Your School Library This Year. What is information literacy? The Librarian as an Instructional Partner – Inspired Ideas – Medium. Helping teachers teach, collaboration in the 21st century library. School libraries. School Libraries, Teacher Librarians & Student Achievement. School libraries. The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian: 5 Tips for New School Librarians (and those who aren't so new)

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