Data-Informed Library Advocacy from #AASL19, Part 1. The room for my concurrent session on Data Informed Library Advocacy at the 2019 AASL National Conference (on Saturday in the last time slot before the closing general session) was standing-room only. The fact that so many people came to my session told me that the topic of data-informed library advocacy should be shared beyond those who were able to attend. In addition, the amazing Dorcas Hand from Houston just sent me an email asking for more details from the session, so I thought the KQ blog might give me an opportunity to share some thoughts.
The slides from the session are available at these along with the speaker notes within the slides will help me provide some structure for the musings to follow. My objectives for the session were: Identify data sourcesMake data usefulEffectively present dataConnect data to district/school prioritiesExplore and share ideas with each other Big Idea #1 Next, we discussed Big Idea #1, EVERYTHING We Do Is Advocacy. Ten ways teacher librarians improve literacy in schools. Australian schools constantly strive to improve the literacy outcomes of their students.
Supporting literacy achievement for struggling readers is particularly important because these readers have their disadvantage compounded: capable students develop “richer” skills through continued exposure to reading, and the gap between them and struggling readers widens. The number of Australian students deemed “low performers” in reading literacy proficiency has been rising over time. Our percentage of high performers is shrinking – nearly one in five adolescents are in the low performer category. Read more: Six things you should do when reading with your kids With school about to start for the year, we should consider how we can optimise support for struggling readers. Young people’s literacy attainment significantly shapes their academic, vocational and social potential.
More than seven million adult Australians have their opportunities limited by their literacy level. What do they do? 1. 2. 3. Elizabethahutchinson. Ancient Rome. Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us - kappanonline.org. When schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement gets a boost. 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.
Librarians and student achievement References DEBRA E. 3 Free Visual Marketing Tools for Your Library. In whatever work environment you are in, you gain lessons from your experiences every day. From learning about a new resource to finding an innovative solution to a common problem, lessons learned from personal experiences can be shared with colleagues to help them in their own work and in the service they provide to customers. With that being said, what are some solutions to help you communicate lessons learned or new resources to others?
Three tools for you to consider are PowToon, Animaker, and Emaze. This post will focus on the free aspects of each of these tools, all of which also offer paid plans. PowToon: Telling Your Story with Video PowToon is video and presentation software that provides users with the opportunity to make use of free and paid plans. PowToon provides options for users to develop an explainer, marketing, infographic, or presentation video. If you would like to gain additional features in PowToon, there are paid plans available. Animaker: Focusing on Animation. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures | Books. Inspired Libaries - Home. Literacy Matters! - Home. The-vital-work-of-teacher-librarians-in-the-digital-age-20180517-p4zfxm. 10 Reasons Librarians Are More Important Than Ever.
It's National Library Week, and we couldn't resist paying homage to one of the most important members of the school community: librarians. Also known as library media specialists, librarians play a unique role in our schools. Often asked to take on a wide range of duties, these passionate and savvy educators deserve more than only a week of praise. And in case you need a reminder of all that librarians do for our students and our schools, we've put together a list -- but it's only a start. 1. Librarians know tech. In many schools, the library media specialist is the go-to expert on all things tech. 2. In the age of fake news and viral video remixes, the library media specialist leads the charge on citation, copyright and fair use, research, and news literacy. 3. If you think the library is a quiet place meant only for research and studying, you clearly haven't been in a school library with a makerspace. 4. 5.
In a library, kids can stay connected to the past. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. PowerOfSchoolLibrarians Capstone 8pages Mar2018. Mediasource.actonservice. April is School Library Month – Schools' Library Service Guernsey Blog. As April is School Libraries Month I felt it was important to highlight the many different roles of the school library staff. Interestingly, the understanding of this role differs from person to person. Ask teachers or senior leaders what the role of the school library staff is and you will very likely get answers like these:- a keeper of bookssupporting the students to find booksrunning the reading schemeproviding a safe place for anyone who needs itworks with the English departmentencouraging reading for pleasure School libraries are very often linked to literacy so good school libraries jump on this expectation and provide a good selection of fiction.
They follow book awards and they work with the English department who also see a clear link between their department and the school library. We offer so much more! Many teachers and senior leaders do not realise that school library staff also have another equally important roles in :- Written by Elizabeth Like this: Like Loading... Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us - kappanonline.org. Charnwood-Dunlop School community rallies to improve reading. Every day from 9am to 9.30am, every student at the Charnwood-Dunlop School has their nose deep in a book.
This is just one strategy thought to have led to a significant improvement in reading levels at the school according to the latest NAPLAN results. The government school in a low socio-economic area has 293 students, with 40 per cent coming from non-English speaking backgrounds. The latest NAPLAN results reveal the Charnwood-Dunlop School showed the greatest improvement in reading and writing of any ACT school comparing the results of its students when they were in year three (2015) to when they were in year five (2017).
Those students are now in year six, leading the way for the rest of the school in what has been a whole-of-community effort to ignite a love of reading and books across all classes. Principal Debbie Martens said there had been a tangible shift at the school. "The biggest change I see is just that love of reading," she said. "It takes a village. " School Libraries, Teacher Librarians and Acceleration of. Libraries, Schools, Social Media and lots more...: 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. It is not about shouting about how great we are, it is not about demanding that teachers work with us, it is not even about increasing our loan figures. 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. Social Media Blogging. 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. School_library_impact. 26 reasonsroad3. 100 things poster. SKrashen: Why Invest in Libraries. New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition.
Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech. Libraries of the Future: Where Trends Are Taking K-12 Public School Libraries | HuffPost. School Library Advocacy kit. Advocacy. 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)