Rock Star Advocacy: Proving Your Worth In Tough Times

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Rock Star Advocacy: Proving Your Worth In Tough Times

  1. 1. Image attribution http://bit.ly/twvdU9
  2. 2. Image attribution: http://bit.ly/tzj5S7Changing expectationsto influence outcomes.
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  5. 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. 6. Keep a “story file” and beready to share.
  7. 7. Write acolumnin yourPTA newsletter.
  8. 8. Hold a library open house_______ night.
  9. 9. Create amissionstatementfor your library.
  10. 10. Do more than just attendmeetings.
  11. 11. Provethat youknow aboutmore than books.
  12. 12. Collect and share dataabout your work.
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  14. 14. Invite schoolboard members,local politicians,reporters,community leaders, etcto visit your library.
  15. 15. Speak at local events: Ed sororities, PTA Councils,Chambers of Commerce,clubs and organizations.
  16. 16. Offer towrite articlesfor districtwide publications:PR, PD, Finance, HR.
  17. 17. Submit articles to your local newspaper BEFORE thereis a crisis looming.
  18. 18. Addyourevents tolocal communitycalendars/bulletins.
  19. 19. Be a business card bomber:Pass your cardsout Ninja style.
  20. 20. Elevatethosewhosupport youand your students.
  21. 21. Harness the power ofSocial Media.
  22. 22. Step outside the echochamber.
  23. 23. Joinand helpgrow yourprofessionalorganization(s).
  24. 24. Get your students involved innational contests.
  25. 25. Getoff yourduff andrespond torequests to advocate.
  26. 26. Help cultivate moreRock Stars!
  27. 27. Kids First.Everything Else Second.
  28. 28. Share.
  29. 29. You’re nottooting your own horn.
  30. 30. It’s not braggingif it’s true.
  31. 31. Don’t advocate forlibrarians or libraries. Advocate for kids.
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