Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs

Tools & Resources

Brochures

Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q&A. AASL

This brochure answers school librarians’ common questions on these important topics and suggests online and print resources providing more information.

School Library Programs Create Lifelong Learners: A Student’s and Parent’s Guide to Evaluating Independent School Libraries. AASL Independent School Section

Parents choosing an independent school face an important decision. This guide presents learning standards and critical questions to help families identify the important characteristics of a strong school library program. The included information will interest anyone evaluating a school library program.

School Library Programs Improve Student Learning. AASL

Designed to help school librarians generate and guide discussion with stakeholder groups in the school community, each brochure in this set outlines goals and key questions specific to each audience—administrators, policymakers, parents, and teachers—helping school librarians lead unique conversations, set goals and expectations for the program and stakeholders, and maximize the potential of the school library program. These brochures can also be customized for your particular school library.

School Libraries Transform Learning. AASL and American Libraries

This free digital magazine is focused entirely on school libraries and designed to be shared with parents, colleagues, administrators, and policymakers. It can open the door to discussion on the multiple ways school library programs transform learning.

Communication and Presentations

Selecting a Medium

The table below is an aid to selecting communication tools based on audience and content. It is adapted from Ann Martin’s book Empowering Leadership: Developing Behaviors for Success.

Tool

Audience Size

Recipient

Time/Priority

Content

Memo

Large Group

Internal

Important

Policy / Process

Letter

Large Group

External

Important

Information

Phone Call

Individual

Internal / External

Urgent and Important

Information

Face-to-Face

Large Group

Internal

Urgent

Policy / Process

E-mail

Individual

Internal

Urgent and Important

Information

E-mail

Large Group

Internal / External

Urgent

Policy / Process

Blog

Large Group

Internal

Not Time-Sensitive

Need Feedback

Video

Large Group

Internal

Important

Information

Social Networking

Large Group

External

Immediate

Need Feedback

Free Presentation Tools

Below are presentation tools that can be used to share information with your administrators, school, and parents. All of these are web-based and free to use. Some will require you to set up an account. Many more tools are available, and this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Tools are listed in alphabetical order.

Canva (AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014): Create slideshows, posters, infographics, and other visual presentations using Canva’s many templates and customizable font/image options. Canva works particularly well with social media.

emaze: Touted as the “next generation” of presentation software, emaze is easy to use and has numerous professional templates to choose from.

Google Presentation / Google Slides: Sharing and collaboration are easy with these Google tools that are similar to PowerPoint, but web-based.

Haiku Deck (AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014): Easily create fun presentations that are primarily image-based with minimal text. Select from thousands of Haiku Deck images or provide your own.

PowToon (AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014): With PowToon you can create fun, animated videos or slideshow presentations for free. Add photos, video, music, and/or your own voice.

Prezi (AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2010): Prezi is cloud-based software that allows you to zoom in and out to make your presentations interactive and visually interesting.

Slideshare: Share what you know and love through presentations, infographics, documents, and more. Search for “school libraries” at the Slideshare site to see the wealth of presentations other librarians have already created and to be inspired!

Smore (AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013): Design and publish online flyers in as little as five minutes with Smore. Select from and modify ready-made templates or create your own.

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