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Getting Started As A School Librarian
Getting Started As A School Librarian
Getting Started As A School Librarian
Getting Started As A School Librarian
Getting Started As A School Librarian
Getting Started As A School Librarian
Getting Started As A School Librarian
Getting Started As A School Librarian
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Getting Started As A School Librarian

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Presentation from Alabama Library Association (ALLA), April 2005

Presentation from Alabama Library Association (ALLA), April 2005

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

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