Last week I had the opportunity to lunch, laugh and learn with some rock star librarians in Union County, North Carolina. After a tough year for librarians - a year in which we've all had to get used to a new reality in which our programs have been under funded, under staffed and, in some cases, under extreme threat, the librarians of Union County were upbeat, generous and open to new ideas. I was thrilled to be able to update my "Rock Star Advocacy" presentation to share with my new friends to the west and found myself energized by their enthusiastic response.
Principals value their librarians. They also want them to be more visible leaders. Those are just two of the interesting findings from a recent survey of 102 media specialists and 67 principals. In fact, 90 percent of the administrators that we surveyed think we have a positive impact in schools—and a large number also feel that our jobs are important. That’s great news, considering only 65 percent of librarians in the study thought their bosses would recognize the valuable role we play.
Pew Internet is out with a NEW report that focuses solely on library patron (public library patrons to be specific) usage of ebooks and some related issues. Kudos to Pew for the broad picture since libraries are about more than ebooks.The report runs 80 pages.
Direct to Full Text Report: Libraries, patrons, and e-books
In a one-two punch, ALA’s Washington Office introduced a new advocacy tool called Mobile Commons on Saturday morning, and paired it with presentations from speakers representing the FCC, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and OpenTheGovernment.org.
ALA Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution during its annual meeting in Anaheim, CA, that reiterates the importance of certified media specialists to academic achievement and calls on all ALA divisions to support our nation's beleaguered school librarians.
With all the many projects, documents, promotions and advocacy activities I enumerated, wouldn't you agree that it is an exciting time to be a school librarian these days? We have seen the personal stories of library clients and users. We have looked at the current research on school library. These are all evidences that our job is relevant. But we need not stop. We have to go on because the landscape of information and business of knowledge creation is ever changing. We cease to grow when we stop recognizing the changes happening around us and we do not act appropriately on it.
PThe Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a historic resolution, HR 987, on October 5, 2010. This resolution authorized a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive survey of school libraries. The resolution provided for a study "measuring and comparing funding, facilities, access to print and electronic resources, professional support, and programming and instruction in the use of information and research among the Commonwealth's public schools and districts and evaluating how these elements are allocated in relation to student and community circumstances, such as poverty, disability, race, and English language ability."
You’ve gathered the statistics, you’ve had an active library program, you’ve served teachers and students consistently well, your usage has increased, and you’ve publicized what you do, through sharing, videos, newsletters, visibility at meetings and more. You’ve shared research on the impact of libraries on achievement scores, the importance of staffing, and studies galore.
Yet your library staff or program still gets cut, your budget gets cut, librarian positions are reduced. Frustratingly, this scenario has been playing out around Texas (and around the country). It’s dismaying, it’s disheartening, and discouraging. We wonder what we could have done better, how much more we could have shared, and how to make an impact.
I’ve been thinking that perhaps we need to reframe the issue, because to an extent, it’s not just about us, it’s about them.
Allison Zmuda wants to hear what school librarians are doing right now in their libraries to inspire student ideas and action. She will write a feature article for SLM in the Fall, but she also wants YOU to be a driving force in the conversation on her website.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) needs to hear from school teacher librarians. No one else will advocate for a funding mechanism for specifically for teaching students digital literacy. Schools that participate in the federal E-Rate program in order to purchase broadband and related equipment at discounts should be required to designate that the 20%-90% a year savings support school library programs.
This document contains position statements of the National Commission on Library and Information Science of the US and highlights of school library related researches that were conducted in nineteen US states (from Alaska to ...
Personalizing the Classroom Experience – Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connects the Dots with Digital Learning is the second in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2011. This report focuses on how today’s educators are personalizing the learning process for students. The ways that educators are personalizing learning centers around their own experiences with online learning, socially-based media and digital content - much like the students in their own classrooms are already doing!