Excellent advice from Dianne McKenzie about points learned from Brian Matthew’s white paper “Think Like a Startup.”
What she said:
“We are librarians. Own it. You must believe even when others do not. For every doubter, hater, or naysayer, there are children and teachers whose lives and classrooms a school librarian has impacted for the good, and there is no longer room for those who do not put community, service, and people first. Let us not shrink from what that means and what it can mean, but instead, strive to grow the successful models of school librarianship that DO exist and DO make a real difference because they have a librarian whose work, struggles, passion, and collaborative efforts with teachers and students do matter in helping students compose their own narratives of learning.”
Anne Collier explores the issues of:
- what safety in not
- from coping to confidence + compliance
- space to learn how best to be safe
- properties of online AND offline safety
all important topics for school librarians teaching digital citizenship.
Will · Too Much to “Teach”. What he describes sure sounds like what a good school librarian is already doing!
“The new information economy is not based on amassing huge amounts of data but curating and providing context to important, true, interesting, and/or relevant information. A link deserves to be attributed if shared. No brainer right? This is usually accomplished by linking to the original post or page. Equally important, however, is the source of the material – who or whatever lead to it – similarly deserves credit.
I have been ruminating on this idea of late after reading the Curator’s Code by Maria Popova. You can visit the original Curator’s Code site here and for more mind fodder you can watch, read, read and, for the contrary view, read - links via @brainpicker and Google. Basically, the Code advocates using “via” and “HT” (Hat Tip) with your links to attribute your source if other than the original creator, either a from direct link or a stream-of-finding respectively.”
via Hack Library School.
wise words from Jacquie Henry:
“All of us are proud (or should be) of those three letters. But in these days of budget cuts, many are experiencing the pain of losing our paraprofessionals, covering multiple libraries or both. As we cope with providing vital services to our students and faculty, we are in serious danger of falling prey to the Library Martyr Syndrome… If the library is open and accessible all the time, first and foremost we will drive ourselves into the ground ruining both our health and our spirits. Additionally, if we provide the same service and the library is always open, many will not notice a difference and decide that making that cut was a good idea. I would strongly urge everyone in this situation to NOT be a martyr. “
ALA Presidential Task Force: Focus on School Libraries report by Susan Ballard in School Library Monthly.
“This task force is charged with “leading a campaign addressing the urgent need for advocacy for school libraries, as well as the impact of the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs on students and student achievement” (ALA 2011). ALA determined that the make-up of the Task Force needed to represent all divisions and key committees. In a letter reaching out to these groups to make recommendations for appointment, Raphael observed:
“From cities and towns across the country, we have been hearing increased reports of threats to school library instructional programs. Whether it’s the elimination of school librarians or budget reductions, it’s become impossible to ignore the impact that cuts of this sort could have on future generations…. Because libraries of all types depend on each other to develop and sustain independent learners in an information age, it’s clear that we need an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to this potential crisis. Therefore, I am enlisting members from all types of libraries to get involved” (Molly Raphael, letter to divisions and committees, September 6, 2011).”
The Value of Listening should be required reading for every school librarian!
from Nerdy Book Club, with a hat-tip to Cathy Nelson for her FB post about this blog.
Digital Content Curation Is Career for Librarians by John Farrier in Library Journal:
“Clay Shirky put it simply: “It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.” That’s why, in the past few years, the act of quickly finding and explaining new information on the Internet has emerged as the profession of digital content curation. It is a task for which librarians are well-suited and a potential source of employment.”
Teacher librarians as cultural change agents, by Dianne Oberg
“Changing school culture requires leadership and risk-taking from the teacher librarian. In many schools, implementing a collaborative school library program still constitutes a change in the culture of the school. Often, however, initiating conversations with the principal about changes in teaching and learning in itself may constitute the beginning of a change in school culture. Working with the principal to improve teaching and learning in the school, through the school library or through other school initiatives or reforms, involves the teacher librarian in both giving support to the principal and getting support from the principal. Teacher librarians need to know, and to promote with others, the principal’s view of school goals if they expect the principal’s support for school library program goals.”