Rock Star Advocacy: Proving Your Worth In Tough Times
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  • 1. Image attribution http://bit.ly/twvdU9
  • 2. Image attribution: http://bit.ly/tzj5S7Changing expectationsto influence outcomes.
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  • 5. “*Many+ do not see librarians as educated professionals who play an active role in the academic community.” - “A Report of Findings From Six Focus Groups with K-12 Parents, Teachers, and Principals, as Well as Middle and High School Students” (AASL, 2003) “*Many+ tend to rely on their own image of school libraries and librarians from their youth.” - “A Report of Findings From Six Focus Groups with K-12 Parents, Teachers, and Principals, as Well as Middle and High School Students” (AASL, 2003) “Only 47% *of principals+ believe there is direct link between effective libraries and increased student achievement.” - “School Library Journal’s Survey or Principals” (Lau, 2002)Image attribution: http://bit.ly/tahkYW, http://bit.ly/vtubLa, http://bit.ly/PdAEW
  • 6. Keep a “story file” and beready to share.
  • 7. Write acolumnin yourPTA newsletter.
  • 8. Hold a library open house_______ night.
  • 9. Create amissionstatementfor your library.
  • 10. Do more than just attendmeetings.
  • 11. Provethat youknow aboutmore than books.
  • 12. Collect and share dataabout your work.
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  • 14. Invite schoolboard members,local politicians,reporters,community leaders, etcto visit your library.
  • 15. Speak at local events: Ed sororities, PTA Councils,Chambers of Commerce,clubs and organizations.
  • 16. Offer towrite articlesfor districtwide publications:PR, PD, Finance, HR.
  • 17. Submit articles to your local newspaper BEFORE thereis a crisis looming.
  • 18. Addyourevents tolocal communitycalendars/bulletins.
  • 19. Be a business card bomber:Pass your cardsout Ninja style.
  • 20. Elevatethosewhosupport youand your students.
  • 21. Harness the power ofSocial Media.
  • 22. Step outside the echochamber.
  • 23. Joinand helpgrow yourprofessionalorganization(s).
  • 24. Get your students involved innational contests.
  • 25. Getoff yourduff andrespond torequests to advocate.
  • 26. Help cultivate moreRock Stars!
  • 27. Kids First.Everything Else Second.
  • 28. Share.
  • 29. You’re nottooting your own horn.
  • 30. It’s not braggingif it’s true.
  • 31. Don’t advocate forlibrarians or libraries. Advocate for kids.
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