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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
      • 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

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