Now that you have evidence that your adoption of the AASL learning standards supports local, state, and national initiatives, the next step is to share those connections with stakeholders. Helping your colleagues and decision makers understand your robust vision of learning in school libraries is important. Keep in mind that many parents, staff members, administrators, and board members may have grown up in a time when libraries were merely book warehouses and librarians were often primarily guardians of those warehouses. An ongoing series of conversations, backed up by your own behaviors and practices, will be necessary to turn around those outdated notions.
To aid you in your public relations campaign, the L4L Resources page includes several free stationery and PowerPoint templates, as well as links to L4L posters and bookmarks available for purchase.
To help craft elevator speeches, the School Librarian's Role in Reading Toolkit contains helpful tips. Other resources include a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation on elevator speeches included in the L4L State Coordinaor training and the speeches crafted during the training.
Our School Library and the AASL Learning Standards is a sample presentation for stakeholders; you can customize this presentation and present to parents, school staff, PTA, administration, or elected officials.
Grover, Robert, for American Association of School Librarians. 1996. Collaboration. Chicago: ALA.
Montiel-Overall, Patricia, and Donald C. Adcock. 2007. Collaboration (Best of KQ). Chicago: ALA.
Carr, Jo Ann, ed., for American Association of School Librarians. 2008. Leadership for Excellence. Chicago: ALA
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