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This slideshow is presented for the "Your School Library" Online Conference (2011). See the video screencast and associated links at

This slideshow is presented for the "Your School Library" Online Conference (2011). See the video screencast and associated links at



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  • School Librarians & Advocacy: Be Your Own Cheerleader!
    Presented by: Lisa Perez
    Chicago Public Schools
    Department of Libraries
  • About Lisa Perez
    • Area Library Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools
    • Supports about 200 elementary & high school librarians
    • Chair, ISTE Media Specialists SIG (SIGMS)
  • Why Advocate?
    • To create an awareness about the benefits and activities of the school library to stakeholders to improve funding, support, and resources for the library to positively impact student learning.
  • Good Advocacy Resources
    AASL Advocacy Toolkit
    ISTE Media Specialists SIG (SIGMS)
    Advocacy Statement for School Librarians
  • Political Advocacy
    Get involved!
  • American Library Association Washington Office – Legislative Action Center
  • Ed Tech Action Network
  • Advocating at Your School
    You are your own best cheerleader
  • Communication to Administration
    Monthly reports
    Year-end report
    Important data
    Pictures, video
  • Communication to Teachers
    Special trainings
    Website information
  • Communication to Students
    Special events & Book Fairs
    Guest authors
    Websites, social networking sites
    Motivational displays
    Blogs, wikis, websites, book trailers, videos, & other technologies
    New book announcements
  • Communication to Parents & Community
    Relationship with public library and community groups
    Website with information about program
    Literacy Nights & Open House
    Volunteer opportunities
  • AASL “ A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners
    *This publication complements the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner , Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action , and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs .
  • AASL Planning Guide
  • Collaboration & Advocacy
    • A good professional relationship with colleagues is the best advocacy
    • Be valuable
    • Be responsive
    • Be active
    • Anticipate needs
    • Be a good collaborative partner
  • Students: Your Best Advocates
    • Create a library in which students’ contributions are valued in:
    • Book selections
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Showcasing students’ talents
    • Student work and artwork
    • Policies that are student-focused
  • Your Library Speaks Volumes
    • Zoned areas to promote individual, small group & large group activities
    • Organized & decluttered
    • Attractively decorated
    • Kid-centric
    • Technology-infused
    • Good signage
  • Managing Your Online Presence
    • Keep a fluid presence that shows regular updates
    • Use a library website to provide one-stop web portal for links to online databases, recommended websites, calendars, polls, and more
    • Use blogs to provide regular news updates
    • Use wikis for electronic pathfinders & centers
    • Use appropriate social media to reach parents & community members
  • Advocacy Gone Bad
    • Self-serving
    • Not centered on student needs
    • Overly competitive
    • Not aligned with core school goals
    • Unrealistic expectations
    • Excessively negative
  • What’s Next: Personal Goal Setting
    • Collect and communicate data
    • Survey needs and respond
    • Create an attractive physical space
    • Cultivate strong partnerships
    • Perform a deep assessment & longer-range plans
  • Contact Lisa Perez
    In Twitter @leperez1
    In Facebook
    In LinkedIn
    In ISTE Community Ning – SIGMS Group