School Librarians and Leadership


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School Librarians and Leadership

  1. 1. School Librarians and Leadership LIB 604 Libraries in the School Curriculum Spring 2012
  2. 2. 2 A curricular leader and a full participant on the instructional team, the library media specialist constantly updates personal skills and knowledge in order to work effectively with teachers, administrators, and other staff--both to expand their general understanding of information issues and to provide them with specific opportunities to develop sophisticated skills in information literacy, including the uses of information technology. Roles and Responsibilities of the School Library Media Specialist(from Chapter 1, "The Vision," of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. Copyright © 1998 American Library Association and Association for Educational Communications and Technology. )
  3. 3. 3The newest set of Leading SLMSs create an environmentguidelines from theAmerican where collaboration and creative problemAssociation of solving thrive. They continuously strive toSchool Librarians(AASL). advance their skills by leading professional journals and books, attending conferences, and networking with other librarians. − Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs
  4. 4. 4 At its essence, leading is all about relationships – growing the connections among individuals that permit collective, collaborative thinking and action. Leaders motivate, join forces in articulating a common vision and goals, and support others in conceiving and implementing plans for action.February 11, 2012
  5. 5. 5 We say, “So-and-so is a born leader.” No such thing. Leadership is a relationship between a person and a group plus the skills to guide the group to success. As with any relationship, success depends on both parties. One group’s stellar leader may fail utterly when leading another group.Stever Robbins: Stever Column - The Essence of Leadership February 11, 2012 5
  6. 6. 6Leadership is a relationship between those who aspire to lead and those who chose to follow. Sometimes the relationship is one-to-one. Sometimes it’s one-to-many. But regardless of whether the number is one or one thousand, leadership is a relationship. Leadership Development is Character Development By JIM KOUZES and BARRY POSNER February 11, 2012
  7. 7. 7Leadership is not just dependent on an individual’s unique qualities. “Successful leaders have learned to view their organizations’ environment in a holistic way.” (Leadership for School Culture, 1994). They understand and model the core values of the institution. Leading on the Wave of Change Knowledge Quest on the Web: January/February 2001 Debbie Abilock, Editor
  8. 8. Preparing for Leadership 8eJournalBC Educational Teachers provide a powerful andLeadership Research.Issue 3. insightful voice regardingMarch 16, 2006 decisions about school change because teachers have knowledge of local school conditions Taylor Webb . . . a teacher’s power is essential both within and beyond the walls of the classroom. February 11, 2012 8
  9. 9. 9 Various studies indicate that effective teacher leadership involves a move away fromtop-down, hierarchical modes of functioning and a move toward shared decision- making, teamwork, and community building. Teachers as Leaders in EducationReform. ERIC Digest. by Wynne, Joan
  10. 10. 10 Being creative Being interactive Being vision-headedEmpowering others (by encouraging participation and involvement) Being passionate about their work  Based on Leadership: A Communication Perspective (2003), reproduced in Empowering Learners (AASL, 2009).
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  12. 12. 12 Academic achievement increases when school librarians are leaders in their schools. Library media specialists who seek leadership roles and partnerships with administrators create strong library media programs translating into academic achievement. This is an indirect relationship. That is, leadership translates to higher collaboration with teachers in creating quality learning experiences that in turn, has a direct impact on academic achievement. David Loertscher Powering Achievement: School Library Media Programs Make a DifferenceFebruary 11, 2012 12
  13. 13. 13 Loertscher: Leadership and Achievement PowerPoint Slides For Colorado (and other) studies see School Library Impact Studies
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  18. 18. 18 Understanding the concept and process of action research will prepare the library media specialist to take a leadership role in improving both the library media center andthe entire school program.
  19. 19. 19Evidence-Based Practice is not complicated. It is a simple process of paying attention to what you do and keeping a record of how that helps teachers and students. As Ross Todd explains, Evidence-Based Practice is “knowing and showing how the school library program helps students learn.” For more information on Evidence-Based Practice, please click here. Read Building Evidence-based Practice Through Action Research by V.H. Harada.
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