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Resources to assist school library media coordinators in communicating that school libraries make a difference to students.
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Shine a Light on Advocacy - NOW! | The Daring Librarian

Shine a Light on Advocacy - NOW! | The Daring Librarian | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
children grow and become better readers, learners, and evaluators of information? California is woefully underfunded in this and some estimates take us now to 6000 students or more for every one qualified school librarian.

Via Karen Bonanno
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The Candid Librarian: Advocacy

The Candid Librarian: Advocacy | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
But is that really advocacy? I think it is, because I tend to believe that if you have a program that others in your school see as valuable, than you are advocating for yourself. Your program should speak for itself.

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Infographic: Information Literacy Issues

Infographic: Information Literacy Issues | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Developing information literacy skills is perhaps the most important issue in 21st Century Learning and yet the struggle to do so is an uphill battle. We asked our friends in the library world what they think of the state of information literacy in schools


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» Essential Advocacy Readings for Distribution During School Library Month AASL Blog

» Essential Advocacy Readings for Distribution During School Library Month AASL Blog | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Advocacy resources shared by AASL.

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ISTE SIGMS releases important advocacy statement - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

ISTE SIGMS releases important advocacy statement - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"In today's difficult economic times, many school districts have chosen to cut non-classroom teaching positions. These cuts run counter to a large body of research that indicates that a strong library program, staffed by certified school librarians, correlates with significantly greater student achievement. Short-term savings are obliterated by long-term consequences of denying students equitable access to educational resources and instruction provided by the school's information literacy specialists and technologists - school librarians. As schools close their libraries or staff them with non-certificated personnel, students lose access to professionally managed print and electronic resources. At an unprecedented time in history when students require development of complex information literacy and technology skills to succeed, a robust school library program is a prerequisite to success."

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Do I Really Have to Leave the Role of School Librarian To Do the Work of a School Librarian?

Do I Really Have to Leave the Role of School Librarian To Do the Work of a School Librarian? | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

There is no doubt the current model of school librarianship is way past broken–this is not a big secret. It’s an outrageous, outdated model that basically demands we be the equivalent of a martyr and ultimately sets us up to fail in the kind of excellent and instructionally oriented work modern school librarians strive to achieve. It’s a model that has left us emotionally, physically, and intellectually drained and beaten up, a model that has failed to evolve with our mission and philosophy of 21st century librarianship. Instead of expecting less, we should be expecting more in terms of a model that would be supportive of the work we’re trying to do.

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Transparency is the new fierce « NeverEndingSearch

Transparency is the new fierce « NeverEndingSearch | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"After more than 16 years of Web-based potential, web-based practice for school libraries has been inconsistent and often absent. Practice continues to range from single-page brochures to dynamic, interactive, collaborative, mashed-up learning environments. The disparity of these efforts, compounded by the digital lives embraced by our students, funding realities, confusion relating to emerging roles, and a body of professional literature that documents the need for instructional intervention with learners, suggests critical and immediate need for teacher librarian transparency."

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Do school librarians have "enduring values?" - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Do school librarians have "enduring values?" - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

So a second question then comes up: Will our libraries be so changed from what we now consider libraries will they still continue to be called libraries. And my answer is definitely yes…

 

If, we maintain the core values that will transcend the specifics of library programming.

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Alice in InfoLand - Blog - Activate comes before Advocate

Alice in InfoLand - Blog - Activate comes before Advocate | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Activists start the process to make something happen.
Advocates support the process and product of that initial action.
BIIIG difference.

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Alice in InfoLand - Blog - Activate, part 2

Alice in InfoLand - Blog - Activate, part 2 | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Kvetching about what shoulda/coulda does not get anything accomplished.
We cannot advocate for ourselves. We can, however, make sure that we make our voices heard as activists - spreading the word to those who WILL speak up for us.

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NYPL: Protect Your Roots, Support Your Branches

It takes just seconds to sign a letter urging elected officials to reverse the harshest cut to The New York Public Library in its history. Visit http://www.n...
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What a School Librarian Can Do For You

Attn: Classroom teachers - If you are in the trenches doing the job, you already know this. You’ve got lessons to plan, individualized instruction to prepare, data to record, and attendance at the various PLC meetings that are supposed to help you get better at doing all of it. Where is there time in all of this to learn new technology to integrate into your classrooms?

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Let's Make Information Literacy a Priority: A Librarian Speaks Out | Edutopia

Let's Make Information Literacy a Priority: A Librarian Speaks Out | Edutopia | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
An LMS suggests that information literacy is a key 21st century skill in an increasingly info-overloaded society, and that librarians should be the last (not the first) to be cut.

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Librarians Are Ready, Are You?

The Adventures of Library Girl: Librarians Are Ready, Are You? | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"As much as this graphic is a love letter to new teachers and principals (and anyone one else who might see it), it's also a reminder to those of us who live in libraryland already: Just about all of us will encounter someone this year who believes, for whatever reason, that school librarians are irrelevent. Are you and your practice ready to prove them wrong?"

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Hanging Out in the Library: Media Center Survivor!

Oh what trying times are these. The economic news is bad and badder, and if you're like me, you're just holding your breath, hoping that we can hold the line, and nervously wondering about the impact on the hard-working school librarians in North Carolina and across the United States. Advocacy, ubiquitous as the phrase has become these days, doesn't seem like a big enough strategy to shield us from the shifting political realities and economic downtime we live in.

 

In January 2010, East Carolina University held their annual Librarian2Librarian Networking Summit and as NCSLMA President, I was invited to join other distinguished NC library leaders to talk about surviving in the lean times. The theme for the Summit was Media Center Survivor and here are my comments from that panel discussion.

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New School Library Advocacy – Stephen's Lighthouse

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Link to School Library Research Summarized.

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Share with school leaders: Douglas Reeves video « NeverEndingSearch

Share with school leaders: Douglas Reeves video « NeverEndingSearch | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts » Blog Archive » What end of the spectrum are you on?

Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts » Blog Archive » What end of the spectrum are you on? | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Just yesterday I was bemoaning that there are librarians everywhere who are simply satisfied as a gate-keeper of books, for all intents and purposes a specials class in the specials/planning period rotation, and are dismissive of the expectations AASL has laid out for the critical roles we are trained to fulfill in our schools. Administrators who for whatever reason choose to use the Master’s degree level professional in this way have truly paved the way for a budget cut, and we have allowed it to happen.

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10 things school libraries can learn from the Apple Store!

10 things school libraries can learn from the Apple Store! | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

So when I came across this article - How to Change the World: 10 Things You Can Learn from the Apple Store – by Guy Kawasaki, speaker, business strategist, prolific author and writer of the blog: How to Change the World, I was immediately intrigued. Kawasaki outlines ten key features about the Apple Store which sets this business apart from its competitors. These key features have, he claims, contributed to Apple’s huge success.

 

As I read the article, I found myself wondering how our school libraries would be if we were to adopt these features, internalizing them into our everyday operations, making them an integral part of our service delivery. How, I pondered, would our patrons – both staff and students – benefit if we were to tweak our services to fit the Apple model.

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Digital Divide, Digital Opportunity, Technology Skills Statistics- Fact Sheets For Your State

Digital Divide, Digital Opportunity, Technology Skills Statistics- Fact Sheets For Your State | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Developed by The Children's Partnership, these state fact sheets provide key data regarding technology and youth, making particular note of problem areas. Use these fact sheets to determine where your state stands and to push for improved digital opportunity for youth.

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