Creating Ripples…Making Waves How to Influence your Senior Leadership Team Anne Robinson, MA MA SLA School Librarian of the Year 2005 Librarian, The Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth
A Pebble James W. Foley (1847-1939) Drop a pebble in the water: Just a splash, and its gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples Circling on and on, Spreading, spreading from the centre Flowing on out to the sea. And there is no way of telling Where the end is going to be. Drop a pebble in the water: In a minute you forget, But here's little waves a flowing, And there's ripples circling yet, And those little waves a flowing To a great big wave have grown; You've disturbed a mighty river Just by dropping in a stone. Feuillu on Flickr
Collective Nouns for Librarians: The Conference Mutation Process Credaro,A.B.(2002). Collective Nouns for Librarians Part 2: The Conference Mutation Process. Warrior Librarian Weekly [online] http://www.warriorlibrarian.com/ROFL/nouns2.html [Accessed: 27/03/06]
From “Librain” to FLIRT to Librarian and back again! 6 School Library Posts SLA School Librarian of the Year 2005 FLIRT Leader! Learning Resources & Information Services Manager Now - Librarian at the Dixie Grammar School 10 Headteachers!
Does it seem that School Leaders do not appreciate our work? WHY?
The “Invisible School Librarian” exists, in part, due to ignorance and a “failure to communicate .” Tapping your influential potential: building influence with teachers and administrators PSLA Professional Development Workshop, 2001 http://www.psla.org/pslaworkshops/Fall2001Workshop.ppt
“ Why don’t teachers and administrators rally to support librarians? Even worse, why are they often the ones who, in fact, get behind library cuts ?”
“ Many, perhaps most of them, do not understand the value and educational potential of libraries and librarians…” “ Mostly, it’s just a matter of indifference – and people regard as expendable those things about which they are indifferent.” Gary Hartzell 1997 Simple answers…
So… why are some school managers indifferent to libraries?
Some thoughts… Head teachers and teachers in general receive very little training about school libraries Some teachers may make little or no use of Libraries for professional or personal purposes How many teachers went to schools with poor libraries?
“ The principal’s success and reputation is based on student achievement, the quality of the school climate, and the community’s perception of the school.”
Tapping your influential potential: building influence with teachers and administrators PSLA Professional Development Workshop, 2001 http://www.psla.org/pslaworkshops/Fall2001Workshop.ppt
basegreen Improving transition? Better exam results? Raising achievement? Improving literacy? Working with their agenda Self-evaluation for inspections?
Session aims To suggest strategies to increase your influence HOW?
Contribution of the library to teaching and learning Information Literacy Independent learners Reading Raising achievement Exploration & extension Social & leadership skills High Quality Use of LRC
tarotastic First impressions count Interview Image First meeting/visit Induction
Find out what the main challenges / issues are for your school Keep up-to-date with developments in education nationally and locally Then – seek out information helpful to the head’s agenda: Recent research findings Educational resources Other information that addresses the emerging issues in your school Head teacher 1
tanakawho Head teacher 2 Solutions to problems Support school initiatives and policies Contribute to meetings/INSET Shared ethos and vision Positive attitude - “can do” Research-based evidence Personal commitment
Head teacher 3 Examples of higher level skills Get out from behind the desk! High quality communication Tie in with school policies Use positive OfSTED comments
Impact on raising achievement Heads hate problems – love solutions Outline problem in 2 or 3 sentences Back up with evidence Demonstrate implications in terms of: Health & safety School finances Law – e.g. employment laws