Part of a series of 20 minute webinars presented by the AASL Advocacy Committee in conjunction with School Library Month 2012, this webinar helps school librarians when making the case to justify their school library program needs.
The information and technology needs of today's teachers and students are increasing in the digital world, and school librarians play an essential role in meeting those needs. Although the impact of today's school librarians on student learning is evident to those closest to the field, librarians must be prepared to advocate for their programs. This session includes practical steps to build knowledge, collaboration and communicate the value of school library programs.
Cushing Academy Library eliminated its huge book collection over the last year, turning that library into an all digital facility. Other independent schools have chosen different ways to meld cutting edge technology into traditional book collections, including the Learning Commons model. Speakers will discuss how administration was involved in these changes on their campuses, and consider broader questions for the school libraries: how can schools best consider the balance of digital and print resources for the most successful student achievement.
The presenters, fearing they might become an endangered species when their school implemented a 1:1 laptop initiative, looked for new ways to remain integral to the academic program. Collaboration with teachers and professional development would be even more critical. Taking a proactive stance resulted in new or redesigned projects as they worked with teachers to integrate 1:1 technology. Some most successful lessons and the web 2.0 tools used to help teachers and students excel in the 1:1 environment will be shared.
It's not enough to have a great program that meets the needs of your students and staff, you need to "Flip the Switch" for advocacy. Take the time to build your personal advocacy plan to have needed support by the decision makers who affect the quality of your school library program. Sara Kelly Johns will give you techniques and tools that will make it easy to promote and market your program.
During these economically challenging times, no school library is safe from budget or staffing cuts. This session provides participants with strategies to facilitate appraising the library program, embedding it within the school’s academic goals, and communicating its strengths to stakeholders. Participants leave with a working outline of complementary strategies to build library support. Additional resources to renew, revamp, or develop actions to champion library programs in meaningful and lasting ways are provided.
Part of a series of 20 minute webinars presented by the AASL Advocacy Committee in conjunction with School Library Month 2012, this webinar assists school librarians in helping stakeholders understand the different between internet access and information skills.
Through the development of a long-term strategic plan using the AASL: Learning4Life (L4L) Strategic Planning Tool, a group of school librarians in Westport, Connecticut, are working to make the district's school library program more visible and emphasize the program's connection to district initiatives. Trials, tribulations, challenges, successes, and celebrations are shared.
Part of a series of 20 minute webinars presented by the AASL Advocacy Committee in conjunction with School Library Month 2012, this webinar explores tools AASL offers to demonstrate to stakeholders why a school librarian is essential to empowering the community leaders of tomorrow.
Is your light hidden under a bushel? Do you feel no one knows what you do? Learn to brand your program and bring it front and center. Let all your stakeholders know what makes your program invaluable. Send a carefully crafted message that shows why the school library program is unique and indispensable. Create your elevator speech and tailor it to your audience.