“*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
Keep a “story file” and beready to share.
Write acolumnin yourPTA newsletter.
Hold a library open house_______ night.
Create amissionstatementfor your library.
Do more than just attendmeetings.
Provethat youknow aboutmore than books.
Collect and share dataabout your work.
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Invite schoolboard members,local politicians,reporters,community leaders, etcto visit your library.
Speak at local events: Ed sororities, PTA Councils,Chambers of Commerce,clubs and organizations.