The National Library Power Project
Haycock, Ken, Teacher Librarian
Leadership, compatible policies, professional development, a positive professional culture, new and sustained funding and outside support, all matter in implementing improved and integrated school library programs.
The national Library Power project, a major initiative resulting in $65 million for 700 schools in 19 school districts, working with public education foundations, provided full-time teacher-librarians, flexible scheduling, renovated space, new print and electronic collections and professional development for teachers, teacher-librarians and principals.
Among the results:
* more collaborative work environments and instructional programs focusing on interdisciplinarity, inquiry and problem-based learning;
* improved collections, resulting from increased funds, invited greater teacher interest, and these collections better reflected school curriculum;
* refurbished facilities allowing school libraries to accommodate more users and different kinds of activities; more cheerful and welcoming facilities encouraged more visits by teachers and students;
* implementation of flexible scheduling led to more frequent visits to the library;
* greater instructional collaboration with shared responsibility for teaching;
* professional development focused on how to integrate library and other information resources into teaching and learning;
* changes led to more engaging and educationally rich learning activities for students;
Faithful adoption of Library Power's core practices, along with widespread acceptance of these practices, can lead to permanent change; similarly, as similar policies are implemented elsewhere institutionalization of these practices is more likely. …