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Presentation from Alabama Library Association (ALLA), April 2005

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Getting Started As A School Librarian Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Wendy Steadman Stephens
    • Librarian at Buckhorn High School, New Market, Alabama
    • Madison County School System
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  • 4. Getting started as a school librarian What is a school library?
    • A library with only one professional, a solo librarian
    • A library with a particular, narrow patron population
    • A library whose collection supports the curriculum
    • A library whose collection includes audio, video, and digital content – a media center
  • 5. What is a school library?
    • A library with only one professional, a solo librarian
    • Operating in a established environment
    • Population has little knowledge of abstract function of librarians
    • Confusion with paraprofessionals
  • 6. What is a school library?
    • A library with a particular, narrow patron population
    • Student reading levels often diverge wildly from grade levels
    • Additional patron populations include students’ children and families
    • Community at large has a vested interest in our collections
    • Teacher population
  • 7. What is a school library?
    • A library whose collection supports the curriculum
    • Curriculum varies teacher-to-teacher and shifts over time
    • Professional educator’s evaluation criteria suggests librarians must encourage reading for pleasure
    • Students’ individual reading preferences
  • 8. What is a school library?
    • A library whose collection includes audio, video, and digital content – a media center
    • Responsibility for shared AV resources
    • Responsibility for education on copyright and fair-use
    • Teachers and students may see the library as a mere computer lab
  • 9. School Library Budgets in Alabama
    • Library enhancement
    • subject to budget cuts
    • Based on teacher units
      • at BHS, about $7.45 per student for materials
    • Average expenditure for senior high schools is $11.51 per student
    • (Based on 1999-2000 School Library Journal Survey)
  • 10. Conflicting forces
  • 11. Strategies for success in school (and other) libraries
    • Advocacy
    • No one else knows what all you do and your needs for funding and staffing
    • Communication
    • Newsletters, booklists, signage, pamphlets for new students and teachers
    • Flexibility and accessibility
    • Extended hours, one-on-one help with assignments and citations, reserves