Lee’s Summit West High School Library Media Center 2010 – 2011 Advocacy Plan
Parent PlanBackgroundIn the past all of our parent communication has school’s email listserv. We want to create abeen via the school newsletter. Over the last newsletter with a professional appearance,few years our school has elected to reduce the save it as a picture & insert it in an email.number of mailings and department space in an We are trying to steer clear of attachmentseffort to save on paper and mail costs. This has and anything too text heavy. In ourlimited our exposure among parents, which was experience people tend to skim and don’treflected in our parent surveys this year. open attachments, therefore keeping theTherefore, we have developed a three-prong information in an easy to read format will beapproach to improve the situation. key. We will include national library news, statistics regarding school libraries andBack to School Night: School Survival academic success, information about ourTour resources, directions for using some of our databases, and descriptions of our librariesGoal: Inform parents of our services and give upcoming events.them experience using them. The newsletter will consist of three parts:Description: Each year our school hosts a 1. Did You Know (statistics about the“Back to School Night”, this year’s will be held importance of school libraries)two days before school begins. During this time 2. Academia (library resources)we plan on inviting parents to library for a 3. What’s Happening (programming)“Survival Tour.” In an effort to create aparticipatory learning experience, parents willbe given a list of typical student dilemmas(Appendix A) and a “School Survival Kit.” Thesurvival kit will include our brochure, a list of oursubscription databases with remote passwords,and printout of our FAQ page. Our hope is thatparents will visit the library, see our servicesand resources; and remember us when theirstudents come to them with a dilemma.Monthly NewsletterGoal: Parents will understand the importance ofschool libraries and will have knowledge ofcurrent library events.Description: We plan on emailing a monthly Our Library Webpage is filled with valuable information. In eachnewsletter (Appendix B) to parents via the newsletter we plan on sharing different aspects of the site.
Parent Plan cont.Parent/Teacher Conferences: ShowcaseGoal: Parents will see student work and a variety oflibrary programs.Description: Parents rarely visit the library duringParent/Teacher Conferences. This year we hope toremedy this by inviting parents to the library mediacenter to view a showcase. The plan is to sendinvitations (Appendix C) via the email listserv andnotes home with the parent/teacher conferenceinformation. The showcase will be in the library andinclude displays of student work, general libraryinformation, books, Teen Read Week activities,Gateway Readers Program, Book Club activities, etc.We also plan to provide inexpensive snacks and takehome brochures. Students visiting last year’s Literary Art Festival in celebration of National Library Week. We plan on having a display for this event at the Parent/Teacher Conference Showcase.
Staff/Administration PlanNew Teacher Orientation Monthly ReportsGoal: New teachers will have knowledge of the Goal: Teachers will know what services thelibrary media center services and will feel library is providing on a monthly basis.comfortable collaborating with the library mediaspecialists. Description: Each month we write and submit a report (Appendix F) for our principal and libraryDescription: Each year we do a ! day in- director. There are two parts to the report:service with new staff. During this time we give statistical and narrative. The statistical portiona tour of the facility, provide an overview of contains the number of students and classesequipment & borrowing policies, go over our that have visited: computer labs, library floor,webpage, and give a collaboration pitch. We and conference room. It also includesalso give the new teachers a library handbook. circulation statistics. We’ve consideredThis year we plan on adding a letter (Appendix including database statistics but have found theD) to new teachers based on the letter provided numbers provided by the companies to bein Valenza’s text from Brad Johnson. We would inaccurate because we use roaming IPs. Thealso like to spend more time going over narrative is divided into five categories:collaboration by showing past collaborative Teaching, Administration, Programming,projects and having them fill out a collaboration Professional Activities, and Cost Containment.survey (Appendix E). After attending the summer institute and listening to Buffy Hamilton, we would also like to add a section for patron comments. This would include student feedback from lessons, suggestions given via the website, and teacher comments made in collaboration feedback. This year we plan on pulling portions from the monthly reports and sending them to our entire staff via email. We don’t want to send the entire report because we feel that some of it wouldn’t be of interest to the staff and the length would deter them from reading it. However, we do believe the information is valuable for teachers and could encourage them to collaborate with us.One of our favorite lessons is our freshman orientation. It is theproduct of collaboration with the Communication Arts and Social Studies departments.
Community Analysis As demonstrated in the community analysis of Lee’s Summit West High school, our parents and thecommunity at large are very supportive of education. However, based on our 2010 survey results it appearsthat many of our parents and some of our staff are unaware of the depth and significance of our libraryprogram. We have concluded that, if informed of our services, our community will support our efforts. Ourhope is to demonstrate the strength of the library program to our patrons, specifically through the monthlynewsletters and the Library Showcase. Also, through the community analysis we concluded that many of ourstudents have internet access at home and their lifestyles require at home access to our resources. It isimportant that we educate our patrons of the at home resources we provide as well as how to access anduse them. Parents will be given this information at both the Back to School Night school survival activity andin the monthly newsletters. Finally, the community analysis reflects a district that is fiscally conservative. Inorder to protect the library budget, it is important to provide strong reports with good data. The new formatfor the monthly report will not only provide strong data but also the feedback and curricular ties necessary.We see this year’s advocacy plan as a beginning. We hope to adapt and add to the plan for the 2011-2012school year. LEE’S SUMMIT WEST HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER 2600 SW Ward Road Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64082 P 816.986.4025 F 816.986.4114 E firstname.lastname@example.org http://lswhs.leesummit.k12.mo.us/lmclsw ReferencesEmpowering learners: guidelines for school library media programs. (2009). Chicago, Ill: American Association of School Librarians.Standards for the 21st-century learner in action. (2009). Chicago, Ill: American Association of School Librarians.Valenza, J. K. (2004). Power tools recharged: 125 essential forms and presentations for your school library information program. Chicago, Ill: American Library Association.
Appendix BLSW LMC Parent Newsletter Back to School | August 2010 +Did You Know Academia Silent Sustained Reading: Lee’s Summit West will be again implementing Silent Sustained Reading. According to the University of London, “students who have access to This year students will be reading for 15 minutes four days a week at the librarians [are]"taking the prize of end of 1st hour. better grades" while those who don’t Within the first two weeks of school all students will visit the Library Media have access to school librarians [are] Center to select books for SSR. showing up at college beyond hope, having "already developed an ingrained coping behaviour: they Freshman Orientation: have learned to get by with Google.” During the first month of school all freshman will visit the Library Media (Moran, 2010, p. 2) Center for an orientation. The goal is to help the students get to know the library, its policies and to feel comfortable using its resources. Our orientation is based on the movie National Treasure. Students visit our website for background information and are then assigned to a group and given clues to solve. The first group to solve all the clues wins the treasure. In October they will come back with their American History class for an orientation regarding research and library resources. Plagiarism: Most of our Communication Arts classes visit the library at the beginningUntitled by ginnerobot via Flickr of the school year for a Plagiarism Tutorial. Upon completion of the tutorial they will take a pass/fail quiz. Students must get 100% on the quiz to pass. Visit http://lswhs.leesummit.k12.mo.us/lmclsw/plagtutorial.htm to go through the tutorial and take the quiz yourself. + Upcoming Events Mark Your August 16th – Back to School Night Conference Room. Our first meeting will be Calendar held on August 19th. All interested students This year the Library Media Center would like are welcome. This year will be reading a lot of Visit the LSW Library to invite parents to the Library for a “School great fiction and working on a Geocaching Media Center during Survival Guide” during Back to School Night. project. We’re looking forward to seeing Back to School Night We would love to see you and there will be everyone! on August 16th treats! between 6:30 & 8:00. August 20th – Summer Checkout Due Date August 19th – 1st Books & Bean Meeting Students were encouraged to checkout books The LSW Book Club, Books & Beans, meets for summer vacation. Those books are due on once a month at 7:00 am in the LMC August 20th. Please remind your kids to return their booksMoran, M. (2010, March 23). Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google - Forbes.com. Forbes.com - Business News, Financial News, Stock Market Analysis, Technology & Global Headline News. Retrieved June 20, 2010, from http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/22/moran-librarian- skills-intelligent-investing-google_2.html
Appendix F Monthly Report OutlineTO: Dr. Bateman, LSWHS Principal and Laura Maxwell, LSR7 Library DirectorFROM: Megan Arnett and Amy TaylorDATE:RE:INSTRUCTIONAL PARTNER & INFORMATION SPECIALIST Student & Staff FeedbackCollaboration:Professional Development:TEACHER Lesson Description: Standards: (check all that apply) !!!"#$%&()!*+&#,!-&*&-.//0!.#1!2.&#!,#34/(12(5! !!!6.4!-3#-/%7&3#7)!8.,(!Ϊ(1!1(-&7&3#7)!.::/0!,#34/(12(!*3!#(4!7&*%.*&3#7)!.#1! -(.*(!#(4!,#34/(12(5 !!!;+.(!,#34/(12(!.#1!:.*&-&:.*(!(*+&-.//0!.#1!:31%-*&<(/0!.7!8(8=(7!39!3%! 1(83-.*&-!73-&(*05 !!!>%7%(!:(73#./!.#1!.(7*+(*&-!234*+5 Lesson Description: Standards: (check all that apply) !!!"#$%&()!*+&#,!-&*&-.//0!.#1!2.&#!,#34/(12(5! !!!6.4!-3#-/%7&3#7)!8.,(!Ϊ(1!1(-&7&3#7)!.::/0!,#34/(12(!*3!#(4!7&*%.*&3#7)!.#1! -(.*(!#(4!,#34/(12(5 !!!;+.(!,#34/(12(!.#1!:.*&-&:.*(!(*+&-.//0!.#1!:31%-*&<(/0!.7!8(8=(7!39!3%! 1(83-.*&-!73-&(*05 !!!>%7%(!:(73#./!.#1!.(7*+(*&-!234*+5 Lesson Description: Standards: (check all that apply) !!!"#$%&()!*+&#,!-&*&-.//0!.#1!2.&#!,#34/(12(5! !!!6.4!-3#-/%7&3#7)!8.,(!Ϊ(1!1(-&7&3#7)!.::/0!,#34/(12(!*3!#(4!7&*%.*&3#7)!.#1! -(.*(!#(4!,#34/(12(5 !!!;+.(!,#34/(12(!.#1!:.*&-&:.*(!(*+&-.//0!.#1!:31%-*&<(/0!.7!8(8=(7!39!3%! 1(83-.*&-!73-&(*05 !!!>%7%(!:(73#./!.#1!.(7*+(*&-!234*+5 Lesson Description: Standards: (check all that apply) !!!"#$%&()!*+&#,!-&*&-.//0!.#1!2.&#!,#34/(12(5! !!!6.4!-3#-/%7&3#7)!8.,(!Ϊ(1!1(-&7&3#7)!.::/0!,#34/(12(!*3!#(4!7&*%.*&3#7)!.#1! -(.*(!#(4!,#34/(12(5 !!!;+.(!,#34/(12(!.#1!:.*&-&:.*(!(*+&-.//0!.#1!:31%-*&<(/0!.7!8(8=(7!39!3%! 1(83-.*&-!73-&(*05 !!!>%7%(!:(73#./!.#1!.(7*+(*&-!234*+5 LSWHS Library Media Center Megan Arnett & Amy Taylor, Library Media Specialists; Nancy White, Library Secretary; Joy James, Library Clerk
Appendix F Monthly Report OutlinePROGRAM ADMINISTRATIONPUBLIC RELATIONSCOST CONTAINMENT(Intended to show the ways the LSWHS LMC is attempting to cut costs, while maintaining the integrity of our services.)PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIESMegan Arnett, LMS:Amy Taylor, LMS:Joy James, Library Clerk:Nancy White, Library Secretary: LSWHS Library Media Center Megan Arnett & Amy Taylor, Library Media Specialists; Nancy White, Library Secretary; Joy James, Library Clerk