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. The Advocate's Toolbox. The Advocate's Toolbox | School Libraries Matter: The changing role of the school librarian (VIDEO) School Librarians – Leadership, advocacy and hand wringing – Reflections for a Digital Age. It’s time to accept the challenge and show politicians, administrators and parents that eliminating school librarians comes with a high price not only to students but to the entire educational community.
Leadership is no longer an option for you.It’s a job requirement. Hilda Weisburg (2016) In September and October I had the pleasure of facilitating International Baccalaureate (IB) workshops on Role of the Library with Jeri Hurd and Dianne McKenzie (in Hong Kong and Singapore) and working with amazing librarians. These were my first ‘face 2 face’ workshops for awhile (a Master of Education Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovation kept me busy along with full time work in the interim).
It was also disconcerting to see the same issues and challenges continue to emerge for librarians within their school communities. Advocacy and credibility is at the top of the list. Since then Curry, associates and others have replicated the same results in different studies. Attitudes have not changed. 8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now. Jan Wilson, SLJ’s 2017 Hero of Collaboration When I became a school library media specialist 20 years ago, I had no idea how much time and energy I would devote to promoting my role and media program.
As school librarians, our impact isn’t always apparent, and our roles are frequently questioned. That’s ironic to me because year to year our role evolves more than that of any other faculty member. We must adapt and grow with changes in curriculum, students’ needs, and the expectations of teachers and administrators. What I do in my media program at Brookwood High School (BHS) in Snellville, GA, may be unlike from what happens at the other 20 high schools in my county. Most adults recognize that what happens in a classroom has evolved since their student days, but those same people often fail to see that school libraries have also changed. Here are some helpful strategies for increasing the visibility of school librarians. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 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. You don’t need to always do all the advocating yourself; you can ask them to assist you in advocating for the role of the library in the school. Work in partnership with them and support their vision and goals, as well. 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. 10. Conclusion. 27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does. Library Advocacy: Getting Your Message Out. You can have the best message in the world, but if you don’t have a good strategy for getting it out into the community in the best way possible, your message won’t matter. So, getting your message out there is almost more important than how good your message is. However, you can make a greater impact on the community if you know how to choose the right pathways for message deployment. Effective Frequency Many marketers believe in the concept of an effective frequency.
The effective frequency is the number of times a person must be exposed to an advertising message before a response is made and before exposure is considered wasteful. In any case, what is clear is that you want people to see your message as often as possible for the best response rate, which is why you need to repeat your message until you and everyone on your staff is sick of hearing it, then repeat it twice as much. A/B Testing Direct Mail Doing direct mail effectively is very difficult to accomplish efficiently. Library Advocacy: The Importance of the Right Message. Forward by Janet Nelson, Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco, Inc. We realize that library advocacy is a topic that has become more critical with each passing year. It is more challenging than ever to get community support for funding to drive everything from day-to-day operations to capital needs.
To provide you with resources on this important issue, we enlisted the help of Patrick Sweeney from EveryLibrary. Using his perspective as a Library Administrator, as well as his experience as Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, he has created a 3-part blog series to give you the basics on how to create and share a strong message for your library. And, now I’ll leave you to Patrick … Creating the right message about your library is one of the most important aspects of library advocacy and one that libraries often do poorly. There are many factors that complicate the creation of an effective message for a local library. About EveryLibrary and why politics Purpose. School library advocacy resources. MySchool Library | School libraries information for parents. School Library Story. Promoting your school library. New Efficient Social Media Librarian: 10+ Awesome Resources to Populate Library Social Media.
I almost called this post Lazy Librarian Strategies but thought that was so wrong. Some of the best ideas are ‘borrowed’. And imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Anyway, it’s just hard to come up with a few new ideas that are awesome every single day to populate our social media feeds and engage and communicate with our members, users, borrowers, etc. So, here is a random list of stuff and sources I’ve used to consider adding to your RSS feeds for ‘borrowing’, linking, or inspiration: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Search: Library, Libraries, Reading, etc. I really like the book sculpture/carving pictures and book shelves for ideas. 6. 7. Library Facebook Images It’s an open group for you to get images and to share your’s with other library folk. If you want to see more of Ben’s work, check out his blog: Facebook After Hours 8. A trained librarian is a powerful search engine with a heart - Sarah McIntyre. ***Free posters for you to print! *** I've been getting loads of e-mails from librarians asking if they could buy a poster version of the sign I made for the Mass Lobby of Parliament for School Libraries in October.
(Thanks to New York and Chicago public libraries and others for the big boost! I lost track after about 8,000 Facebook shares. And thanks to those of you who piped up on their sites to say I'd drawn it!) I looked around at several websites, but they were charging quite a lot of money if you wanted to buy the posters, so I thought I'd just offer them as free downloadable PDF files, if anyone would like to make some copies off your own printer for your library. You can download an A4 version here and an A3 version here or US Letter size here.Please do not use these for profit; if you're interested in selling them or putting them on other products, please get in touch with me. Instead of charging you, I'd just love to know where these are all going! School_library_impact. 26 reasonsroad3. Many Reasons You Need Your HELP... often this is the only safe haven some students have Strong Libraries Build Strong Students!
Great ideas for research and good books Databases and facts from sources that are crediclble Information for the Information Age! Juxtapose position papers = you can get both sides to the story @ your library Kindles? Digital Divide is dead with the library - all can connect @ your library Lifelong Learners Love the Library Many students don't have books at home Plenty of non-fiction for the CCSS! Questions answered @ your library one on one help available! Connections at home to your information resources Reading recommendation for print & electronics Unemployment costs may run your district $24K annually.
The research says: Strong school libraries contribute to achievement During this Information Age, your students need an information professional helping students more than ever. Librarians help ALL students! Students collaborate @ your library Contact your local cybrarian. 100 things poster. SKrashen: Why Invest in Libraries. Stephen Krashen Presentation at LAUSD Board of Education meeting, February 11, 2014 To discuss libraries, several important results from educational research will be of use. The impact of poverty on educational achievement has been documented again and again. Poverty means, among other things, inadequate diet, lack of health care, and lack of access to books. Each of these has a powerful impact on achievement (Berliner, 2009; Krashen, 1997).
The best teaching in the world has little effect when children are hungry, undernourished, ill, and have little or nothing to read. Martin Luther King recognized this: "We are likely to find that the problems of housing and education, instead of preceding the elimination of poverty, will themselves be affected if poverty is first abolished" (King, 1967). Free voluntary reading is reading because you want to, self-selected reading for pleasure. In fact, libraries are their only chance. r2 = .61 Poverty: The child poverty rate for the US is 23.1%. Lee, S. New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition.
New report shows digitizing learning can engage students in new ways. / Credit: Rocketship Education The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) published the report “Leading In and Beyond the Library,” this past January, showing the importance of school and public libraries in both state and district-wide efforts toward digital learning and the effective use of technology in teaching. “There is a critical role for both school and community librarians in the transition to digital,” says Sara Hall, director of the Center for Digital Learning at the Alliance for Excellent Education based out of Washington, D.C. “Whether they’re librarians or media specialists, they’re often becoming instructional coaches leading the transition.” Digital materials from e-books to online databases—and tools from tablets to 3-D printers—have quickly found their way into school libraries, classrooms, and public library branches as well.
“Don’t just buy the device,” says Hall. Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech. April is School Library Month, and this year’s theme is “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends.” No tag line could be truer. Librarians are lifelong learners by nature. Whether it is the newest educational theory, the latest research methods, or the newest educational technology push, librarians love to learn and share new things. When considering a new educational technology initiative, such as purchasing Chromebooks, going BYOD, or choosing educational software, districts often consider many things, including cost, return on investment, effectiveness, and necessary professional development.
But one thing they may not consider is their librarian. Libraries and librarians are at the forefront and often the hub of the school. “Research” skills have evolved rapidly in the last 20 years and much of that evolution is because of educational technology. Having technology and knowing how to effectively integrate it into the curriculum are two different things. Libraries of the Future: Where Trends Are Taking K-12 Public School Libraries | HuffPost.
Modern K-12 public libraries will offer intensely engaging learning environments to all students. How they will go about doing this is less certain but the principle trends are readily identified in various research efforts. The goal of this post is not absolutely to regurgitate the details of high-brow research, but rather to summarize the key points, to paint a picture of what the libraries of the future will look like and how they will support students, teachers, administrators, and even parents. The first thing to note is that students are going to have, at their disposal, a greater range of resources than ever before (and that is saying something). A principle goal of school libraries is inevitably to engage students and to provide them with skills necessary to effectively function in academic life. A key component of future libraries will be increased effectiveness as well as greater access to these types of elements.
Dr. School Library Advocacy kit. Advocate strong school libraries using the IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto and Guidelines and other resources The IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto defines the mission and goals of the school library or resource center and the profile of its staff. To help schools and school librarians to implement the principles expressed in the manifesto, the IFLA/UNESCO School Library Guidelines were published. The Guidelines help in developing a mission and a policy for the school library. They state which resources and staffing are essential for a well functioning school library.
Librarians and library associations can use both documents to raise the profile of school libraries and resource centers in their own schools, their own regions and their own countries. School librarians who want to use these documents successfully, will have to develop a strategy that is adapted to the local situation and legislation. There is not one recipe that can be used worldwide. Network with other librarians. Advocacy. 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. AASL Advocacy & Legislation Coalition Calls To strengthen and consolidate its advocacy and legislation efforts, AASL has launched an Advocacy and Legislation Coalition.
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, research and statistics, and white papers. Tools Materials to facilitate school library program advocacy - this includes advocacy brochures and toolkits. SchoolLibraryAdvocacy.org - Advocacy Organizations. Advocacy for school libraries :: ASLA.
Resources. 27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does. LMC MayJune12 WhatDoTLsTeach Corrected Poster. Advocating for your school library | Leading your school library | Leading and managing | School libraries | Services to Schools | National Library of New Zealand. The ‘teacher’ in ‘teacher librarian’ – Thoughts, sometimes outbursts – Medium. School Libraries Transform Learning (American Libraries)