I was crushed to find out that the next round of proposed cuts to be delivered the school board on Monday includes the elimination of the entire Library Media Services department! I don't see how cutting LMS keeps the cuts "as far away from the classroom as possible." What a loss to the students to not have access to all of the kits maintained & circulated by LMS, not to speak of the online resources which now include over 500 ebooks! I sure hope I can report on Tuesday that the board decided NOT to take this extreme measure to avoid cutting class sizes. Katie
Mark October 3, 2012 on your calendar to celebrate Banned Websites Awareness Day, sponsored by AASL. Check out this page for details and support information. Kt
Doug certainly found a great way to get our attention with this poster but his comments on that first letter home to parents in this Blue Skunk Blog post are even more worth reading.
How do you want parents & students to perceive YOU and the library??? What do you think of Doug's advice? Katie
I love that Andrew Church's answer to this is a resounding YES!! And I love that he keeps some books without hesitation but also realizes that information comes in new packaging and our students need what it takes to access those new sources. Read his post here from the Committed Sardine. He has some great points about the space, staff and contents in what he considers an ideal library. Katie
I ran across this page on the Services to Schools portion of the National Library of New Zealand website and liked their student centered approach to advocacy. Their point about being able to measure the effectiveness of the library program is well worth considering. Look at this info on finding out what the students want -
Surveying students on their attitudes toward reading at the beginning and end of a year / unit can be a useful way to:
Here's a blog to follow. School Library Journal is providing this column/blog called Make Some Noise: Insights and Strategies for Advocating for Your Library. So what are you going to do to bring some attention to your library? Here's some ideas -
These are just a few....don't hesitate to offer suggestions for more ways to advocate!
Please extend our thanks to all of those who took the time to sign the Carl Harvey's petition to the administration at the White House website in support of School Library Programs. They received the necessary 25,000 signatures on February 4th, 5 days before the deadline! I was amazed at all the various directions I was receiving email requests for help. Not only fellow school librarians but librarians from other types of libraries, vendors of all sorts and professionals in other fields. It certainly feels good to know we are valued!
I hope those of you with teenage patrons are gearing up for Teen Tech Week, March 4-10, 2012. For more information check out YALSA's Geek Out@Your Library page.