Seven Steps to an Award-Winning School Library Program

Seven Steps to an Award-Winning School Library Program

Seven Steps to an Award-Winning School Library Program

Seven Steps to an Award-Winning School Library Program

Synopsis

Accomplishing positive change is challenging in today's educational environment, even when efforts are guided by best practices and desperately needed. In fact, librarians who are put in the position of acting as change agents are often stymied as segments of the learning community push back against the introduction of new resources, technologies, and program initiatives. How can the barriers to change be overcome so that a library program can be transformed?

Excerpt

Even in familiar territory, the landscape is continuously shifting and changing in order to eventually create an environment better suited to the needs of the next generation. That is why this revised, second edition of Seven Steps to an Award-Winning School Library Program is requisite reading for the learning community that aspires to demonstrate that their school library program is worthy of recognition and celebration in the contemporary educational setting. Refreshed to align with and incorporate the latest learning standards and program guidelines of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), this is the ultimate user’s guide for undertaking a critical examination of where a program is, and determining how to develop a collaborative approach to take it to where it should be, and beyond!

Ann M. Martin is exceptionally well suited to guide us through the process. the Henrico County (VA) Public Schools, where she serves as educational specialist in library services, is a multiple recipient of the prestigious aasl National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) award. Thus, we are the beneficiaries of her considerable expertise and experience as she provides us with a portrait of an exemplary program, and then details the planning and documentation needed to prepare and submit an application for the nslpy award, or any other award or recognition also predicated on comprehensive assessment and strategic planning. She spells out the various elements that need to be in place, and provides examples of program and practice that can be replicated or adapted to one’s own situation. And, as a former president of aasl, as well as one who was closely involved as Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs rolled out, there is no one better qualified to help us to understand their relationship to excellence in school library programs.

This edition covers all the bases from how to assemble a planning team and define roles and responsibilities, to how to begin the self-reflection and evaluation process, conduct a needs analysis, and then examine and synthesize results in order to develop goals, objectives, and related actions. Additionally, there is acknowledgement that while there may be barriers to overcome along the way, by identifying the barriers and the theoretical reasons behind them, and by providing practical strategies to address them, in the long run those barriers are absolutely surmountable.

Users of this book will also discover strategies to ensure program sustainability over time through ongoing professional development, staff training and dialog about effective teaching and learning, and about the library program’s essential role in student achievement. the topic area of advocacy and the need to promote the library program and provide ongoing, two-way communication with various constituents and user groups is thoroughly developed, and provides valuable information and ideas to help create much-needed common cause and a shared vision for the program if it is to be deemed truly visionary.

The ultimate reward for the members of the learning community who use this wonderful book to assess and improve their program is validation through the process of applying for recognition of their achievement. the final chapter of Seven Steps to an Award-Winning School Library Program . . .

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