Getting the Most from Your School Library Media Program
It sounds almost too good to be true. A single, building-level program that can:
  • Improve reading scores
  • Teach higher-level thinking skills
  • Provide access to information resources in a variety of formats
  • Improve every area of the curriculum
  • Make students and staff more knowledgeable and comfortable with technology
  • Develop motivated and self-directed life-long learners
Yes, it’s the school library program that can do all these things and more. But unfortunately, not every school library program has this degree of impact in its school. If yours doesn’t, what can you as a building administrator or site leadership team do about it? Learn a six step plan to make your school library program an effective one.

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A 12 Point Library Program Checklist for School Principals - 2015" (This is a GoogleDoc so "Make a copy..." to edit and use.)

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Librarians: Collaborate to Lead, Blue Skunk blog, Aug 14, 2013

Demonstrating Our Impact - Putting Numbers in Context Part 1 Leading & Learning, Dec/Jan 2006/07
Demonstrating Our Impact - Putting Numbers in Context Part 2 Leading & Learning, March 2007

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School Libraries Work, Scholastic, 2008
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Certified Teacher-Librarians, Library Quality and Student Achievement in Washington State Public Schools (PDF) Washington Library Media Association April 2015.

I’ve never had time to let you know all the wonderful things that have happened since your presentation.

First, our reading supervisor asked if our media specialists would mind ordering books for classroom libraries. After listening to you, she realized the logic in cataloging the books through the library. I asked if she meant the libraries would order classroom sets of books, or books for the libraries that would be checked out to the libraries. She responded books for the libraries, and even when I warned we order no more than 5 copies of the same title, she agreed! One library media specialist said the amount he received from this was more than he had been given in his entire budget for the year.

We also have a number of schools moving to flexible access after years of trying to convince administrators!

Thank you so much for the impact!
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