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.
In today’s difficult economic times, many school districts are choosing to cut non-classroom teaching positions. Over the next several weeks, the Colorado State library will be posting a tip a day from an upcoming brochure called “7 Tips for an Indispensable School Library Program.” Use these tips and other leadership strategies to help you develop an effective library program that impacts student achievement and makes you an indispensable school librarian.
Tip #1 – Know your State Initiatives
Have you heard of the new Colorado Academic Standards (Senate Bill 212)? The Educator Effectiveness Initiative (S.B. 191)? Become the building or district expert in implementing these mandatory new standards in your school or district. Follow these two links to learn more about these CDE initiatives and how you can be on the cutting edge of helping to implement them in your buildings:
November is just around the corner and there are two “Standards Galore!” workshops you don’t want to miss:
- *Monument, CO – Tuesday, November 10th
(please attend this one if you can’t make it to the Colo. Springs workshop on Friday, December 11th)
- *Brush, CO – Thursday, November 12th
Continue reading ‘November Workshop Opportunities – “Standards Galore!”’
Nance Nassar of CDE / Colorado State Library will be presenting the first of her “Standards Galore!” series of workshops in Alamosa on Thursday, October 22, and in Greeley on Tuesday, October 27. She will also present workshops in 13 additional cities around the state. Continue reading ‘Workshop Opportunity for School Librarians – Register Now!’
For School Librarians and Other Educators:
“Standards Galore!” Workshops – October 2009-February 2010 – register now!
Join your fellow school librarians and learn about the COMPANION DOCUMENTS that correlate with the new school library “Standards for the 21st Century Learner.”
The attendees will participate in lively discussions and work in groups to develop a better understanding of the new standards documents mentioned above and how to implement them into lesson development and into their school library program.
For Public Library Youth Services Librarians:
Youth Services Workshops – in October – register now!
Annual workshops for public library youth services librarians to network and learn about the 2010 Statewide Summer Reading Program and other youth services in public libraries:
-2010 statewide summer reading programs, presented by Kathy Barco:
-“Make a Splash” (children) and “Make Waves” (teen)
-Lunch and networking
-After-school programming including “The After-School Network”
-Report on the LSTA Early Literacy (CLEL) Storytime grants
-Update on State Library youth services initiatives
-Summer Reading manuals
Contact Michelle Gebhart, 303-866-6894, for more information.