Posts Tagged advocacy
Doug Johnson of the famous Blue Skunk Blog has posted about this fabulous programme from the State of Colorado, which promotes Highly Effective School Library Programmes, he recommended to all his followers that they share this with their school librarians. Indeed it is well worth sharing. I’ve been watching the videos on YouTube and they are full of things to make you think. There are PDF files to download and print if you want and all manner of school library goodness on there.
I’ve embedded the video on instruction as an example of how great these are.
A flurry of postings, just shows you what you can do when you are putting off writing up your revalidation journal.
This post from Library Girl has really made me think, as she almost always does (please read the comments as well). How well do you market yourself? If you went to Donna Watt’s presentation at the SLANZA conference then this post will also tie in some of the things Donna talked about strategic planning and branding and marketing yourself. You’ll get the link to the google doc of that conference session on this blog soon.
We really need to get out there and show our teachers how good we are and what we can do for them and for their students. I for one am going to get this poster printed out and laminated and put it up in the library, but more than that I am going to put it in our staff’s pigeonholes. I want them to see it and talk about it and understand more fully exactly how useful I am in the school. I’m not just ‘the book and computer lady’ I can do all kinds of things for all kinds of people and particularly for every single curriculum area.
Also it is worth remembering what Joyce Valenza (Oh Great One as I refer to her) You can’t do business in a pumpkin sweater. Get your professionalism polished up and get out there and sell yourself.
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<div style=”width:477px” id=”__ss_8693280″> <strong style=”display:block;margin:12px 0 4px”><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/jlagarde/librarians-are-ready” title=”Librarians Are Ready” target=”_blank”>Librarians Are Ready</a></strong> <div style=”padding:5px 0 12px”> View more <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/” target=”_blank”>documents</a> from <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/jlagarde” target=”_blank”>Jennifer LaGarde</a> </div> </div>
Via Stephen Abrams always fabulous blog this comes from Ned Potter, The Real Wikiman. Both of these guys have excellent things to say and if you got your Google Reader or Feedly sorted out after conference I heartily recommend subscribing to them. They are also on Twitter of course.
Anyway hopefully when you click the infographic below it will take you to a larger more readable image on Flickr. Where do you fit into the stereotypometer? Do you fit? Discuss!
As for me, I fit the wears a cardigan and likes a gin, yes I can knit – but don’t often, I like cats and lurve Social Media. I so do fit the stereotype!
This list of 100 things that students miss when their libraries are closed was posted to the OZTL_NET listserv a couple of weeks ago, no chance to share till now. It would be useful for anybody doing some advocacy for their school library. This is the website for the Vision Tour of School Libraries which is promoting outstanding school libraries and this website is Dr Nancy Everhart’s homage to this journey, she is the current President of the American Association of School Libraries. The tour comprises 35 school libraries which were nominated by their states. Cool idea, but the reason they have to do it is not cool, they are seriously under threat and closures are happening all over in the USA.
At a recent network meeting we heard of a Primary school in Dunedin who will be losing their library because of the growth of their school, this after spending a long time building up the usage and making a great space for their staff and students. It is great that the school is growing but really sad that the library is the thing that has to go to make way for that growth. The main thing that depressed me hearing of this was that the school values teaching and learning but doesn’t see that the library is intrinsically part of that and can just be packed up into a cupboard. I understand the issues but that doesn’t mean that the students should miss out on having a library.
The list is taken from “Standards for the 21st Century Learner by the American Association of School Librarians, suggestions from members of the American Association of School Librarians, and students in the school libraries of the United States.”
The link is here
Check out the Theme Song section. It is really cute. Has downloadable music and lyrics!