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CASL Virtual Meeting
November 21, 2009 12:00 : Live Meeting @CAL!
Can’t attend? Leave us your comments below in response to this topic and the following questions:

  • What are you doing as a school library leader?
  • What questions do you have?
  • How can CASL provide assistance?

One Response

  1. Nance Nassar and I combined the Leadership and Advocacy Groups for discussion purposes. Here are some key points that were discussed:
    1.Political leadership is important. What librarians do to raise awareness at the state and district level is important.
    2.Building a relationship with the school principal is essential. School Librarians need always find ways to involve principals. Making the school and the principal “look good” is a part of our advocacy.
    3.Listening is key. Listen to the needs of the principal, your school and your users. Network with key players in the school including the school secretary, assistant principals, and curriculum leaders.
    4.Become a “go-to” person for information. Data is our stock in trade and people need to feel the library is the place to get the information they need.
    5.Know what is going on in your district. District initiatives are key to our programs. Problem solving, critical thinking, and comprehension are essential to the success of instructional programs and they are the basis of our work.
    6.An example from the Denver Public Schools is the work librarians are doing to address the district’s new Success Factors:
    •Put Students First–Puts students first in setting priorities and delivering results
    •Achieve Results–Sets aggressive goals, focuses on key priorities and assumes responsibility for results
    •Achieve Results–Sets aggressive goals, focuses on key priorities and assumes responsibility for results
    •Deliver Excellent Service–Takes responsibility for understanding and effectively addressing needs of students and other stakeholders
    •Make Change Happen–Seizes opportunities for improvement and promotes positive change

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