What can you do to promote the value of school libraries? We are in tough times all around the state and it is very possible that school libraries will experience cuts in many school districts. How can you be your own advocate and rally for the value of school libraries and school librarians? Listed below are some links to website and articles that you may find helpful to your cause. However, we are all in this together so please post any projects or activities that you are doing to promote yourselves. This could be best practices, lessons, community outreach, whatever!!
I will start the ball rolling and hope to see more added very, very soon. Every month I host a Parent Breakfast in my middle school library. We invite parents and their kids to attend and keep it fairly informal. However, each month we focus on a different topic and bring in a speaker. Such topics include identifying gang behavior, how to get a public library card, how to deal with a difficult teen, getting involved in the Summer Reading program at the public library and so on. Make it pertinent to your community and community needs is what I would suggest. Every month we get anywhere from 7 people to 40 people, it depends on the weather and the topic. So, all of you advocates out there, what are you doing?
AASL Advocacy Toolkit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslproftools/toolkits/aasladvocacy.cfm New York State http://www.crbsls.org/slsa/ Washington Library Media Association http://www.wlma.org/advocacy Resources for School Librarians http://eduscapes.com/sms/advocacy/promotion.html Slide show by Ken Haycock http://www.kenhaycock.com/slideshows/advocacy_Slide01.html School Library Monthly Media – September 2006 http://www.schoollibrarymedia.com/articles/Logan2006v23n1.html Library Journal – April 1, 2008 ( interview with Camila Alire) http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6542283.html School Library Journal Advocacy blog http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/1340000334/post/1880023988.html
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