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Ways to Maximize Resources With Minimal Funding (for Library Media Specialists)

Ways to Maximize Resources With Minimal Funding (for Library Media Specialists)

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  • LeeAnna Mills, NBCT lmills@tcss.net and Michelle Wilson mwilson518@gmail.com
  • Just the Facts  There will be NO state monies for 09/10  Not the first time and probably won’t be the last!  Will have to learn to fundraise and go after grants  Reach out to your community for support
  • Ideas For YOU  Join Professional Associations and Listservs  AIMA  AASL  ALA  AEA  Learn to use social media as a professional network; it is unlikely anyone will get release time for Professional Development next year. View slide
  • Ideas for Programming  Utilize and publicize the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL)  September is National Library Card Month  Orientation is perfect opportunity to introduce this wonderful resource to faculty and students  Use as a collaboration tool  Great opportunity to present to faculty as PD  Offer a parent workshop View slide
  • More Programming Ideas  Establish or continue a partnership with your local public library  Share data with AR program and test lists  Possible resource for speakers/authors  Programming opportunities  Create a parent hospitality committee for your library media center  Grandparents’ Day celebration (elementary)
  • Ideas for Promotions  Center your programs around books you already own with no cost incentives  Lunch in the Library  Free homework passes  Free time on the computer (supervised)  Free or low cost coupons or prizes  Solicit & utilize free stuff from retail establishments, ask in person or use form letter, examples: movie posters, tickets to movies or movie rentals, coupons for food
  • Ideas for LMC  Encourage and educate faculty and students not to print unless necessary  Be the place to collect paper to be recycled and reuse  Wipe printer cartridges with baby wipes to extend life  Recycle folders – can be used to make “tent” signs  Enlist students to help by “Adopting Shelves”, place sign with their name and they are responsible for keeping that shelf or area in order
  • More Ideas for LMC  Make a wish list for LMC and post on webpage and in newsletters  Use inexpensive plastic picture frames for signs  Use extra Scrapbooking materials for signs, displays and posters…better yet, seek parent volunteers for this!  Digital picture frames are great way to post information and photos of library happenings  Repair books instead of replacing them
  • Opportunities  Rethink your focus or goals?  Use this year to really clean up your collection!  Possibly begin new support programs for the LMC  Friends of the Library  Solicit donations of good used books and those you cannot use could be part of sale or giveaway program  Become an advocate and begin to build parental and student support by informing everyone that we have no money this year!
  • Helpful Links  AIMA – www.alaima.org  ALA – www.ala.org  Advocacy http://capwiz.com/ala/home/  State of Alabama : http://www.legislature.state.al.us/  Listserves: LM_NET, ALMO and AIMA  Great website to explore:  http://www.librarysupportstaff.com/4schools.html#disp lays