“School library programs are not highly valued, they’re not seen as essential … they are dying on the vine.” -Mike Eisenberg
What makes a survivor?
Survivor Theorist Laurence Gonzales A message for librarians
What constitutes a modern library practice? -Joyce Valenza
Periodic Table of 21st Century Resources Website / Digital Portal Global learning Community Space Global citizenship A Place of Their Own Research Tools Reading Collaboration Labs organizational tools Foreign language learning Digital content production Information Space Creation Communication Tools (2.0) Financial literacy DATA Digital citizenship Composition Games Corner Avatar Studio Storytelling Analytics
Are kids getting what they really need in order to flourish in the world they inhabit?
What actions can you take to deliver what people need and share it with the people who matter most?
MAXIMS Build a mandate Cultivate relationships Do it with style STUDENTS
make an impression
TEACHERS PARENTS ADMINISTRATORS LEGISLATORS
You can have the best practice in the world, but if nobody outside the library knows it’s happening, the program is at risk.
Step out of the preacher and choir circle.
“Effective advocacy is about relationships. Knowing your issue and the policy surrounding it is just the first step. Understanding the political terrain and building relationships and support within that framework is the key to success. . . If you stay on course over a period of time you will start to see real sustained progress.” WA State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown
Building relationships is an all-season endeavor. “I receive roughly 20-30 emails a week outside of the legislative session. During the session I receive hundreds, if not thousands. During session, if I can read any email at all, I read email from people I already have a relationship with.” -WA State Rep. Ross Hunter
“When legislators don’t hear from you, the assumption is that everything is OK.” WA State Legislative Aide
Things are not OK.
What to do?
Whatever you do… deflationist! Don’t be a
Do be . . . Paramount Non-negotiable effective
LIBRARIAN THE MOMS’ PERSPECTIVE
WEBSITE CHALLENGE – DESIGN A COMPASS
“How do I build a culture of innovation? Not just by changing practices but by changing beliefs and attitudes as well.” -Bruce Dixon
PHYSICAL SPACE CHALLENGE DESIGN THE RIGHT VESSEL
The Unquiet Librarian’s Space
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE PROVIDE ENOUGH LIFE BOATS BETTER YET …
TEACH THEM TO SURF!
“I would be puerile to argue that the world has ever been static, but it's reasonable to argue that the world has never been as uncertain as it is today.” Eamonn Kelly, CEO Global Business Network (which practices a futurist sub-specialty known as scenario planning)
“Look to collaborate with those who can do what you can't.” -Paul Bennett
PORTAL CHALLENGE– PROVIDE AQUA LUNGS FOR ALL
LOOKOUT CHALLENGE KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE HORIZON
The people in charge of leading school organizations into the 21st century … often are theleast knowledgeableabout the 21st century. dangerouslyirrelevant.org Scott McLeod
“The librarians who survive will be those who make themselves the social media experts of their school. Students and teachers now have endless options beyond the covers of a book to find the information that they need.” -Patrick Larkin, Principal Burlington High School, MA
“It’s not what you work on, but whom you work with that makes all the difference.” David Kelley, founder and chairman, IDEO
SURVIVAL ESSENTIALS 1. kid-centric 2. showcase showcase showcase! 3. recruit at least 10 parent volunteers 4. annual library visits, at least 1 legislator 1 school board member 1 superintendent 5. always invite the press, blog about it, leave a virtual trail of excellence
Librarian Survivor Challenge Checklist Emerging Technologies Physical Space Website __ train Student IT Fellows __ virtual poll (what do they want) __ make it a destination __ create hashtag for favorite new technology or tool; solicit student submissions students __ showcase student work __ hip, comfortable furniture __ solicit content feedback __ facilitate new clubs / meet-ups __ start a web design club __ cultivate hygge-coziness, tranquility __ become peer coach of technology __ Harkness tables for seminar-style teaching. __ launch ‘Teacherbook’ teachers __ offer emerg. Tech. training __ parent tech. training night __ facilitate parents contributing to hygge __ create robust ‘Parents Tab’ __ create tech. wish list parents __ survey parent needs __ ask PTA to fund Student IT Fellows’ travel to tech. conference; librarian as chaperone __ PTA-sponsored foreign language station w/ Rosetta Stone software __ launch Parents’ Wiki __ feature on district homepage __ invite to any ‘presenting’ of resources; facilitate their taking ownership and celebrating __ offer emerg. tech. training Admin. __ facilitate principal’s blog __ send out Horizon Report __ facilitate supdt’sblog __ get them started on Twitter __ send ‘Emerging Technology Tips’ to legislators and their LAs __ invite every fall during offsession __ create ‘Local Civics’ section __ invite to dedicate new equip., upgrades __ create ‘Ask your Legislator’ feature w/ librarian as intermediary legislators __ offer to set them up on Twitter
Librarian Survivor Challenge Checklist Connectivity Lookout Portal __ Horizon Report w/ trends and opportunities __ champion virtual portfolios __ facilitate global connectivity with Skype, FlatClassroom etc. students __ showcase student art __ spearhead assessing keyboarding mastery __ leverage flip cams __ annual student-designed LIT program theme __ spearhead 1:1 initiative w/ city, district and community __ offer to set up on Twitter to help grow their PLN __ create blogs, class wikis, & pathfinders for every teacher __ start in-service days with New Tools Roundup (preferably free ones) teachers __ showcase one project with every teacher over year __ create hashtag and deliver daily nuggets on what students/classes are doing; catalyst for dinnertime conversation __ Horizon Report w/ emerging tech. trends, top 10 sites for kids, summary of what kids are learning and producing that quarter __ send Holiday Horizon Report w/ gift recs., hottest trends parents __ invite to be on Technology Leadership Team __ set up Google Reader for principal, Supdt., Sch. Board __ invite admin. to student shows __ ongoing: send resources for Strategic Plan update Admin. __ invite admin. to legislator visits __ keep administration informed of 21st C. leadership opportunities __ invite school board to student shows __ form committee on social media policy __ be their reference go-to person __ create annual Legislators’ Report; frame as thanks; kid-centric showcasing student work and $$ investment. __ digital postcards from kids __ track their work and send notes of appreciation legislators __ facilitate mid-session briefing for interested students __ host a session wrap-up