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This slideshow is presented for the "Your School Library" Online Conference (2011). See the video screencast and associated links at http://cpsproflib.wikispaces.com/advocacy.

This slideshow is presented for the "Your School Library" Online Conference (2011). See the video screencast and associated links at http://cpsproflib.wikispaces.com/advocacy.

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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 Toolkithttp://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/toolkits/aasladvocacy.cfm
    ISTE Media Specialists SIG (SIGMS)
    Advocacy Statement for School Librarians
    http://sigms.iste.wikispaces.net/advocacy
    http://advocacyresources.wikispaces.com
    ACT4SL
    http://act4sl.wikispaces.com/home
  • Political Advocacy
    Get involved!
  • American Library Association Washington Office – Legislative Action Center
    http://capwiz.com/ala/home/
  • Ed Tech Action Network
    http://www.edtechactionnetwork.org/
  • 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
    Email
    Newsletters
    Conversations
    Special trainings
    Website information
    Surveys
  • 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
    http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/planningguide/planningguide.cfm
  • 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
    leperez333@gmail.com
    Also:
    In Twitter @leperez1
    In Facebook
    In LinkedIn
    In ISTE Community Ning – SIGMS Group