Letters have been sent to public school libraries throughout the state announcing the opening of the 2012-13 Colorado School Library Survey. It can be accessed at http://www.lrs.org/slsurvey. The data gathered in the annual school library survey provides library professionals with important information for planning, evaluating, and budgeting. In addition, the survey’s results serve as the basis for studies that demonstrate the impact of school libraries on student achievement.
Login information is included in the letter, but if you haven’t received your letter and would like to get started, feel free to call LRS at 303-866-6900 or email email@example.com to get your information.
How can school librarians have a positive impact on student growth and achievement? What strategies and tools will enable them to get there?
The Colorado Dept. of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) are partnering to offer two workshop opportunities (as well as an opportunity for six $100 scholarships to cover registration and a substitute for the day).
Tip #7 – Become an Online Presence
“Librarians must teach everywhere, in and outside of the library” – Joyce Valenza. More computer access means less physical presence in our libraries. If you don’t know how to design a web page, be brave and collaborate. Is there a tech-savvy teacher, student, or district person who can help you? A web presence is a non-negotiable for all school librarians.
See some examples of good school library websites at a webinar “7 Tips for an Essential School Library Program” hosted by the Colorado State Library next Wednesday, March 30 @ 3:30. Stay tuned for more details.
Tip # 6 – Stay Relevant and Current
Today’s parents want good teachers who have the ability to meaningfully teach technology. Helping our students become “post-graduate and workforce ready” as 21st century learners is a national initiative that we must embrace. Still on a learning curve with technology? Try the mini-tutorials at “Colorado Libraries 2.0”. Set realistic goals and commit to learning and using something new each month.
Tip #5 – Recruit Non-Library Advocates
Who are your top 2 teacher advocates, or a parent or principal advocate? Make sure that parents, parent groups, teachers, businesses, social groups (for example, school board, elected leaders, etc.) understand what you do, as a school librarian, to foster student growth and achievement.
Be on the lookout for some upcoming sample templates of parent (or other non-advocates) “letters to the editor” on the school libraries section of the Colorado State Library website.
Tip #4 – Embrace Instructional Leadership
“If you can’t list the top three things that your supervisor worries about, your job may be vulnerable” (Doug Johnson).
What are your school’s goals? What initiatives does your principal want to implement in your building? Sample ideas: Develop a curriculum map for your school. Help your principal co-teach on a school initiative, such as differentiation or RTI. Make sure your principal knows of your efforts!
Tip #3 – Become a Power Library
Learn about the new Power Library Program Rubric and state-wide opt-in for any school library in Colorado. Use the soon-to-be released “Colorado Highly Effective School Library Program” rubric with your principal to evaluate your program and help you set goals for a highly effective library program. Also, gain access to high-quality lesson plans as well as training opportunities for you to help improve your program.
Visit the Power Libraries Program website in April to access the rubric.
Tip #2 – Identify 21st Century Skills
It’s not just “technology.” Collaboration, critical thinking, self-direction, invention and information literacy are the five major components of 21st century learners. As librarians, we have a unique opportunity to help both our staff and students use these skills in a meaningful, connected way with the new Colorado Academic Standards. Access these new standards and look on the right-hand under “21st Century Skills and Readiness Competencies.”
The State Library will provide more detail at our upcoming webinar on these tips on March 30th.
The Library Research Service will be hosting a School Library Survey Webinar this Thursday, February 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The purpose of the webinar is to get feedback from school librarians about the annual Colorado school library survey—suggestions for improvements, changes, additions, deletions, etc.
To participate in the webinar, you will need an Internet connection for your computer and a separate phone line. Attendees will be able to communicate with each other both on the phone and via text chat.
- Step 1: Access the meeting room online. Please choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name when you log in.
- Step 2: Upon entering the meeting room, you will see a pop-up form to Connect My Audio. You have the option to “Dial-in to the conference,” or, to “Receive a call from the meeting (Dial-out).” If you choose to receive a call, be sure your phone is on the hook so the call can come through!
I recently attended an excellent e-rate webinar presented by WebJunction. Even if you have applied for e-rate in the past, I would highly recommend viewing the archived webinar because there have been several changes to the e-rate process.
For instance, certified technology plans are only required for those seeking Priority 2 services. If you are applying for telecommunications or Internet access only, you are no longer required to submit a technology plan for certification. (Although no longer required for all libraries, technology planning is a crucial part of an organizations strategic planning, and highly recommended). Continue reading ‘Changes in E-rate for Libraries’