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All Aboard! Plan and Report to Build Library Support
Program assessments generally cause far too much stress for school library media specialists. This workshop will help the participant develop and use effective program evaluations that are NOT long and tortuous and that truly help increase budgets, improve working conditions, and make the library media program essential to student learning.
The second part of the workshop will help the participant learn how proactive, collaborative planning and reporting efforts based on needs assessments can have a tremendous impact on the support given to media program by teachers, administrators and the community.
Soapbox for this workshop.
(Add your concerns!)
Activities and resources:
Creating Long Term Change
Assessing and Planning
Developing a Communications Plan
Articles by Doug Johnson
Collaboration and Reflection
Demonstrating Our Impact - Putting Numbers in Context Part 1
Demonstrating Our Impact - Putting Numbers in Context Part 2
No Principal Left Behind
Rules of Advocacy, 2012
Starting Off on the Right Foot
, May/June 2009
(about the impact of libraries on student achievement), Feb 2007
Using Planning and Reporting to Build Program Support
What Gets Measured, Gets Done. Guide for Program Evaluation
A Few Words About Collaboration
AASL Advocacy brochures <
AASL Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs, 2009.
AASL A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners,
Calling all Parents.pdf
Colorado Department of Public Education "
Highly Effective School Library Programs: Power Libraries for All
Krashen, Stephen. Power of Reading 2nd ed., Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
Loertscher, David V. Reinvent Your School’s Library in the Age of Technology: A Guide for Principals and Superintendents. San Jose, CA: Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 1998.
MN Standards for Effective School Library Media Programs, 2000
MN Standards for Effective School Library Media Programs (Intro)
MN Standards for Effective School Library Media Programs (Elements)
MN Standards for Effective School Library Media Programs (Checklist)
MN Standards for Effective School Library Media Programs (Bibliography)
School Library Program Evaluation guidelines
School Library Research Summarized, Mansfield University, 2013
School Libraries Work
Scholastic, 2008 version
Zmuda, Allison. The End of an Era…Falling Off a Cliff
Building Skill for Tomorrow: Minnesota School Library Programs Make a Difference, 2001
Sample Media Center Newsletter (with permission of Carl Harvey)
Sample Parent Newsletter (with permission of Anne Hanson)
Springfield HS End of Year Report
Jennifer LaGuarde (LibraryGirl)
Annual Report advice and example
Mankato School Libraries' End of Year Report
Buffy Hamilton's video and print reports:
(seven minute annual report using Animoto)
(Animoto, slide show and goals)
Mindomo planning chart
Libraries using social networking tools
Nancy Jo Lambert: blog-based library website
and library Facebook page
Teacher Survey on SurveyMonkey
Sample Parent Newspaper articles by Doug Johnson
What is the Best Use for a Computer in School?
, St. Peter School Hilites
Who You Gonna Call?
[Interlibrary loan and cooperation], St. Peter School Hilites
Building for Tomorrow
[Facility design for technology], St. Peter School Hilites
Going Beyond the Textbook
[Resource-based teaching], St. Peter School Hilites
Encouraging Teens to Read
, St. Peter School Hilites
Computers and Writers: a Powerful Combination
, St. Peter School Hilites
Written comments about this presentation:
Thank YOU for a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow. … It is such fun to go over my notes and remember how
much fun you made learning. … I will put the information you gave to use right away.
I just wanted to take a moment and personally thank you for all of the well-timed advice about budgeting, setting goals and eliciting support. I used virtually all of your advice as we began to weather a ten percent staff reduction for this next year. The suggestions you gave me about what to do in this situation were not only helpful, but proved to be the reason we are able to survive this unpleasant time without further staffing reductions. Thanks for all your help.
I am leaving here today with wonderful ideas for organizing my budget, maintaining support, and making the library user friendly to all customers. It is a community effort.
Really helps with self-reflection to create a solid library media center program aligned with building goals and state standards; very practical pointers.
With an eye toward student achievement, I anticipate building a stronger and even more effective program. Wonderful plan and ideas.
This workshop started so many ideas churning (some old and some new.) I will use ideas to promote the media center and help our kids continue to grow.
Doug Johnson is knowledgeable and has a humorous personality. Handouts will be useful throughout the school year. Of tremendous benefit to smaller districts.
Doug Johnson was well organized and sincere. He definitely transmitted his passion of a successful library program to our group.
It is wonderful to have a workshop addressing unique needs of library programs. Usually the library is overlooked, yet it is so vital to the schools. Programs like these help us focus on impacting student learning.
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