Ncc roles exec summ. Research Confirms Value of School Librarians. Ncc roles brief. The Value of School Librarians. Library advocates across the US are fighting to prove that every student is better off with a trained librarian in their school, but budget cuts are threatening school librarian positions across most of the country. Several states in the Southeast are facing a different crisis, however—a shortage of qualified school librarians to fill empty positions. The University of South Carolina (USC) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) launched the Library Scholar Program in January 2018 to help combat this problem, partnering with local school districts to educate and develop existing school employees, such as teachers and staff members, into school librarians. The SLIS director and communications coordinator describe their experience and plans for the program below. South Carolina requires every public school to have at least one school librarian with an MLIS degree.
Miriam Hood-Riley, a student with the Charleston County cohort, teaches 3rd grade at A. School Library Promotion. Resources for School Librarians - Index Menu: General Web Sites | Special Events | Advocacy | Graphics and Bulletin Boards | General Web Sites Advocacy: Promotion, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing - A guide to planning your library promotion event from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University/Purdue University.
I Love Libraries - Library news and advocacy by the ALA. Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs - From the AASL. Ten Things Your Administrator Needs to Know as the School Year Begins. 10.
That you are a teacher who teaches not content but process. You teach children to be information literate, digitally literate, media literate, and visually literate. The skills that you teach, the dispositions that you help children to develop, the responsibilities that you foster, and the self-assessment strategies that you instill will serve children not only in school but also in life. You are, first and foremost, a teacher! 9. Six Ways To Become More Indispensable. Six Ways To Build Your PLN Using Twitter Since becoming active on Twitter over the past year and a half, I have noticed some best practices that users with a large following seem to have in common.
There are many benefits to having a larger professional personal learning network (PLN). More connections equals more information coming across your Twitter feed. One of the most life changing benefits is that if you follow inspiring and innovative educators, many of them will follow you back. This always leads to powerful idea sharing and sometimes even collaboration! Before you can attract followers in your profession, be sure to have a photo of yourself on your Twitter account. Rockstar Advocacy. Librarians are not born horn tooters.
At least, I'm not. I know that might sound contradictory for someone who a) calls herself "library girl" and b) spends most of her time running around the countryside spreading the gospel of library. But it's true. Tooting my own horn does not come naturally. In fact, it wasn't until the world started to turn upside down and libraries became a frequent flyer on the fiscal chopping block that I decided I needed to learn how to advocate for kids by promoting what I did to support them. Let's face it. School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff.
AASL Advocacy Resources. What Is Advocacy?
Definitions developed by the AASL Advocacy Committee. Events Information on AASL sponsored events including Banned Websites Awareness Day and School Library Month. Intellectual Freedom AASL-created resources and contact information in the event of a material challenge. Legislation Information on school library specific legislation and the ongoing legislative efforts of the ALA Washington Office. Resources Information to facilitate the school librarian's role as advocate for their program - this includes position statements, AASL developed professional development, relevant reports, and research and statistics. Tools. 5 Ways to Advocate without Being in Your Face. Recently, a colleague and friend reminded me that sometimes the louder we get the less people listen.
As librarians we know the importance of advocating for our profession. It is our responsibility to share with others what we do to help students and how this looks different from librarians of the past. Since we are often the only person in our building who does our job we have to be careful how loud we get. If we push too hard, sometimes all we get is those who push back against us. Do not take this the wrong way, there is always a time and place to share what needs to be said. Share This is probably the most important thing you can do! The importance of sharing was solidified when I started in my current position five years ago. A Letter to my Colleagues.
As I begin to think about the start of the school year my focus is on how to create positive momentum.
I like to make sure that my colleagues view the library the same way I do. A few years back, one of my mentors, Cheri Dobbs (@CheriDobbs) suggested I write a letter to my colleagues to explain my vision for the library. Another teacher librarian had shared it with her and had found it successful. I tell you this, because I cannot claim this idea as my own. It is a fabulously borrow and then borrow again idea! This letter was not meant to change all mind-sets, but it did open up some doors.