What's In It for Me? How Administrators & Teachers Benefit from School Library Programs
What’s In It For Me? How Administrators & TeachersBenefit from Strong School Library Programs K E I T H C U R RY L A N C E
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Studies Focusing on Principals & Teachers Indiana Information literacy Idaho ICT literacy Pennsylvania (in progress) 21st Century Learner skills
What’s In It For Me? In what roles they see librarians What administrators value about library programs What teachers experience with library programs How they assess teaching of info literacy How that relates to test scores
Most Popular Librarian Roles1. Reading motivator2. Instructional support3. Teacher4. Instructional resources manager5. In-service professional development provider
Administrator Quotes This elementary school has a librarian who has instilled a love of reading in all students,including the most reluctant. She finds books that are appealing to individual students & sets them aside. This individual attention has created alibrary that is magical in the eyes of our students. Our high school has an inspiring new librarian. She makes the library a study, technology &research resource. She encourages teachers topartner with her on writing, technology & subject exploration. Our librarian’s vision & dedication make our library welcoming to all—especially poor and refugee students.
Teacher Quotes My kids use the library like crazy, and our librarian has a very inviting & friendly personality. Kids just get better the morethe use the library. Thank goodness we have a librarian who is so available to us.Ours is a school of readers. The librarian is instrumental in this. If students don’t like abook they are reading, they don’t have to read it.Our librarian helps students find books they are excited to read. Time and again, reluctant readers say “I want another book like that.”
More Teacher Quotes Our librarian sends us links to helpful websites and resources on the web almostweekly. She always thoroughly checks them out, and gives us a quick summary of how they may be helpful in the classroom.I am lucky & grateful to work in a school with an excellent librarian. The library truly is “the academic, social, and emotional hub of the learning community” as declared in its mission statement.
What Administrators Value in Library ProgramsIdaho Administrators Indiana Principals 9 out of 10 value as Almost all value as essential or desirable: essential or desirable: Librarian on committees Collaboration Collaboration with teachers Librarian as in-service Flexible scheduling provider 8 out of 10 value: Librarian on committees Librarian as in-service 9 out of 10 value: provider Flexible scheduling Librarian & principal Librarian &R principal meeting regularly meeting regularly
Principal QuoteThe library should be the heart of the school. The librarian is the key tosuccessful collaboration among the academic components of a school culture.
Most Common Library-Related Activities Engaging Teachers1. Librarian provides instructional resources2. Classes to library on fixed schedule3. Classes/students to library on flexible schedule4. Teacher requests instructional resources5. Teacher accompanies students to library (4th in IN)
Value of Collaboration with Librarian to Teachers When it comes to teaching their students … Information literacy Independent learning Social responsibility More teachers believe they do a better job when collaborating with their librarian than when going it alone
Instructional Collaboration & Access to I-Design Resources Librarians provide teachers with Instructional partners Access to instructional design resources Sometimes librarians initiate partnerships & pro-actively offer resources. Sometimes teachers initiate partnerships & ask for resources. Regardless, students are more likely to succeed when librarian & teachers work together.
Teacher QuotesI have a very collaborative relationship with our librarian. Our latest endeavor has lasted 5 years. It has enriched me as an instructor.Being a fairly new teacher, I am still learning. Our librarian is one of the first resources I go to for help. Our librarian was incredibly helpful to me in putting together a research project. I havemore confidence as a teacher because of her efforts.
Administrator Support of Libraries Leads to More Successful Schools Schools more likely to When administrators succeed when believe their library administrators value programs do a better job of Librarians & teachers teaching ICT literacy, working together students more likely to Librarians provide in-service excel at to teachers Reading Librarians & principals meet Language arts regularly Principal appoints librarian to key committees Librarian role addressed in teacher hiring interviews
Administrator QuoteI have served in several school districts over 25 years.Successful schools have an active, forward- thinking, highly involved librarian.
Pennsylvania (In Progress) National Leadership Grant research project of the Institute of Museum & Library Services Updating 2000 PA school library impact study First such study to incorporate 21st Century Learner standards from American Association of School Librarians as well as state and Common Core Standards Will produce infrastructure specifications and cost estimates for 21st Century school libraries
For More AboutSchool Library Impact Studies Library Research Service’s School Library Impact Studies page http://www.LRS.org/impact.php Mansfield University’s School Library Impact Studies Project http://library.mansfield.edu/impact. asp Rutgers’ Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries Impact Studies page http://cissl.rutgers.edu/joomla- license/impact-studies