“Quite often library programs, staffing or budgets are a target of budget cuts,” said Georgeann Burch, program coordinator for the K-12 librarian program at the graduate school of library and information science at the University of Illinois in Urbana. “Schools are struggling to balance budgets in large part because of the state’s mismanagement of funds. There have always been cuts in library programs -- partly because, when a librarian is doing a really great job, it’s sort of one of those invisible jobs.”
For more than twenty years, school librarians have focused the largest portion of their advocacy efforts on individual principals, superintendents, and board members, struggling to convince them that libraries should be integral and institutionalized elements of K-12 education. It hasn’t worked.
Libraries and librarians remain frighteningly vulnerable to cuts, even elimination, in schools everywhere. These individualized field-based advocacy efforts may have forestalled greater disaster, but they have not and cannot by themselves make libraries and librarians secure in our schools.
To do that librarians need to widen their advocacy efforts and give priority to two new targets: (1) the educational administration (Ed Ad) professors who shape beginning administrators’ perceptions and values and (2) the professional associations that have a powerful influence on how administrators approach their work challenges once they are in the field. In effect, this widening represents a shift from battling for current school leaders’ support to preemptively conditioning the next generation of administrators to support libraries as they take up their new responsibilities.
Researchers note that effective school libraries reflect strong cooperation, collaboration, and communication among classroom teachers, administrators and school librarians. "Collaboration is really the key with an effective school library," says Pat Massey, a former NJASL president and the high school library media specialist at South Plainfield High School in New Jersey.
“School libraries do much more than house books and store data: a school library can broaden the horizon of learning for students and link them with communities and experiences far beyond their own classroom and community."
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.
USA | If you have not sat down yet with your downloaded copy of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with a highlighter in your hand, it’s time. And if you have, it’s time to read it again and for all of us to change our vocabulary. School librarians teach Common Core skills.
By referencing numerous studies conducted throughout the United States, the brief illustrates the importance of school libraries in the lives of all students, particularly when it comes to literacy, college and career readiness, ...
An Elementary Student's Plea I go to West Woods Elementary and love my library! Mrs. Bader (our teacher librarian) has taught me and everyone else at our school so much! And I have checked out at least 100 books.
Wendy shares the following about beginning to use the Common Core State Standards, "I do think there are things for school librarians to get excited about with the adoption of the Common Core. But it's not the new resources. It's opportunities for collaboration on the suggested range of research projects, small and large, a mandate to evaluate resources, use appropriate citation styles, integrate a range of types of text, and present work through multimedia and authentically produced products."
Study: Teacher Support for Common Core Standards Growing. It also an opportunity for school librarians to step up and be noticed. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages its members to study the standards to determine how library programs support students in meeting the CCSS.
The author of this post has been reading, planning and revising lesson plans and curriculum material for the past few years because .... “The Common Core Standards are coming!!!" A focus on 9th grade English alignment.
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), along with the American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy and the Washington Office, is asking that every single person in the country who cares about libraries contact their U.S. Senators
Janet Yunghans..."In my experience as an educator of 29 years, I have observed first-hand that a library without a librarian is a closed library. Without a librarian, there is no one to maintain and build the collection, support the teaching staff, order and process new materials, and keep the collection up to date. The most important job of a good librarian is to share their love of books and help create a lifelong habit of reading in young minds.
There is a wealth of research that shows that quality school library programs under the direction of a certified/licensed school librarian results in higher levels of academic achievement as evidenced by improved standardized reading and writing test scores. At a time when schools are striving to pass state testing, one would think that the schools would be working to strengthen their library programs by every means possible."
The selection process as reported by the local Colorado newspaper Gateway News required significant evidence to be presented as part of the nomination: Each library selected for this honor submitted school-aligned goals, an action plan, a letter of recommendation, and a three minute multimedia presentation showcasing various aspects of the competencies required for program excellence.
School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.
First, try to say “our school library” or “your [meaning the students'] library,” rather than “MY library,” which sounds like the space and resources belong to the librarian. However, keep emphasizing that YOU as the librarian are ...
... web-based toolkit to share some of the best marketing ideas anywhere. And many are being put in place by libraries across North Carolina. ... Telling The Story · Advocacy - It's Happening in NC. ► November (1).
The issues of the teacher librarians and para-professionals in California School Libraries. Please share ... Then I sat down and thought about my vision for school and specifically from the lens of school libraries in California. | 17 thoughts to consider
Mobile learning apps can provide us with moving platforms, springboards, from and on which we can launch new types of library media centers. We can support students as they use and create new apps and software on their ...