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  • Introduce selves In SP we have been adding professional positions, even during tough budget times.
  • Here’s where we talk about all the change management stuff: Talk strategies, not barriers Set expectations, expect bumps, adjust along the way , own mistakes. Be willing to make change. Work with the living. Levels of resistance Manage up and manage down
  • Kaizen means continual improvement, a never-ending quest to do better, to be better. Teacher librarians are positioned to be change agents
  • 1. Decide what you want. Keep it simple. Keep saying it. Repeat the goal during the change, not just before 2. Expect resistance and address problems Tell people up front that mistakes will be made Admit mistakes---“I now know…”—creates a safe environment for others to take risks Engage in joint problem solving—errors are opportunities for learning 3. Work with the living Recognize there are levels of resistance Build rapport, celebrate success with the willing Only after you have built up a critical mass, go for the gusto and get compliance codified 4. Manage up and manage down Regular meetings with administrators and be overwhelmingly positive Find out their goals and figure out how you will help to meet them Don’t present a problem unless you have a solution Don’t be afraid to push back a little—never agree to do anything you have a less than 50% chance of succeeding at 5. It’s OK to be assertive—but combine it with humility listen first, and then act acknowledge that a lot of resistance is legitimate Say what you want to have happen Persistence with flexibility Share the vision & the success—it’s everyone’s baby
  • Kaizen means continual improvement, a never-ending quest to do better, to be better. Teacher librarians are positioned to be change agents
  • Half days and professional development time used all or in part for library issues Monthly department meetings of professional staff Common language; common philosophy; common message
  • Be explicit about how you can be a change agent to help them with their agendas. Be sure to be on message. Repeat often. Find novel ways of sending the message. Student work samples, funny stories, articles. This is your chance to set expectation for turbulence. Make predictions about where trouble might occur. Share success! People invest in success.
  • Create assessments of all kinds Library department first content area to go before school board These documents back up your message. Make many copies and share regularly. Pass them out like candy.
  • Be visible and involved Use Collaborative planning form Articles posted on website Work with the living Share success Tenacious and gracious Find out what is valued by your district and be there.
  • !. Work with the living. 2. Spread the word and create demand. 3. Manage upward communication. Tell you administrators what you need to be successful.
  • Literacy still an important aspect of a librarian’s job Help drive technology decisions Be seen as a technology leader—it’s not just books and technology—its information literacy
  • Nonfiction Matters Institutionalize summer reading Add something about lexiles or NWEas here? Common Core Standards—nonfiction, genres, primary texts
  • Rotary (step-up day book grants), Winterfest, SP Historical Society, City Council Members, Police, Firefighters, Recreation Make the district look good. Be a spokesperson for the schools in your district.
  • Everyone should have a list of parents they would feel comfortable contacting at budget time
  • Successful and visible programming makes everyone look good. Make everyone look good. People invest in success. Even if the library department is not mentioned specifically, the
  • Adapt to the shifting landscape—Technology, Common Core, Budget cuts Continuous reinvention and improvement—Learning Commons, eBooks, iPads Keep an eye out for changing district priorities and connect
  • Not just about evaluation—about education This is your chance to talk about all the great things you are doing and educate people about what the library could be Include multiple stakeholders Shared goals—it’s a district/building effort Set the bar really high and then choose what to work on first
  • Leading the way2

    1. 1. Leading the Wayto Strong School Libraries
    2. 2. Change = Opportunity
    3. 3. Kaizen…the growth that can onlyoccur when we not onlyaccept change in our livesbut rather embrace it.
    4. 4. Change Principles Keep the message simple. Keep saying it. Expect turbulence. Work with the living. People invest in success. Be tenacious and gracious and you will always win the day.
    5. 5. Here’s what worked for us. . .
    6. 6. Step 1:Form a Library Department Strength in numbers Everyone on message Professional development
    7. 7. Create Department Goals/ Vision Create a three-year plan: where you are and where you want to be Make sure your goals are explicitly relevant to district goals—(i.e.. STEM, Common Core, RRR) Share with administrators and school board Update regularly
    8. 8. Step 2:Facilitate Upward Communication  Regular superintendent meetings  Regular principal meetings  Get on committees run by administrators, such as curriculum & building leadership teams  Common Core, RRR, STEM
    9. 9. Step 3:Claim your Territory  Research process  Rubrics/Formative Assessment  Scope and Sequence of Information Literacy Skills Instruction  Share with teachers, administrators, school board
    10. 10. Step 4:Form Strategic Partnerships Teachers Technologists Literacy Specialists Community Organizations Parents
    11. 11. Partner with. . .Teachers1. Find teachers who will collaborate on projects2. Build momentum3. Work with administrators to create an expectation of collaboration Image credit: http://library.wrdsb.ca
    12. 12. Partner with. . .Technology Form an InfoTech Team Collaborate with Technology Integrators Offer professional development for all staff
    13. 13. Partner with. . .Literacy  Summer reading  Professional Learning Community read together  Lexiles and NWEA reading targets  Literacy Nights
    14. 14. Partner with. . . Community Organizations  Create a community presence  Collaborate with the public library  Partner with other community organizations
    15. 15. Partner with. . .Parents  Cultivate parent advocates  Present at PTO meetings  Adopt a kinder and gentler approach to overdues  Promote family summer reading  Allow parent checkout Image credit: kidport.com  Email parents
    16. 16. Step 5:Do something FLASHY!  Get local press coverage  Every other year or so  One District/One Book, for example
    17. 17. Step 6:Embrace Change Department goals and vision Program review Shifting to Learning Commons model
    18. 18. Program Review1. Conduct Highly Effective Libraries review2. Educate staff on evolving vision for libraries3. Uncover priorities4. Increase stakeholders5. Set building and departmental library goals6. Plan departmental professional development