June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Educators Keep Battling, Supporting Each Other After Spring #RedforEd Uprising

Librarians joined their colleagues across the country at rallies and protests, but as they fight for funding and change in public education, they must continue to battle for respect and understanding of their role in schools.

As I Try Desperately to Get Home Again, Not All Children Can. Here’s why it matters.

The news is full of horrific stories of young children being taken away from their families for the sin of wanting to come to a new country to flee the extreme poverty, violence, and whatever else it is that one flees from. There are pictures of babies crying, audio of children wailing and crying out […]

Washington State Bill Includes Allocation for School Library Materials

The Washington Library Association (WLA) advocates helped secure a line-item allocation for school library supplies in a school funding bill that is now headed to the governor’s office for signature.

Repurposing School Library Positions | Take the Lead

A school district superintendent describes school libraries as “a model of the type of learning space towards which education is evolving.”

Organizations Urge Action to Overturn Harmful Funding Cuts in Federal Budget Proposal

The White House budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding would adversely impact all children, particularly those in at-risk communities.

Libraries Can Help Disrupt School-to-Prison Pipeline

A recent conference at the Brooklyn Public Library focused on “Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline.”

Advocate This, Not That!

Four bold strategies to elevate your school library.

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Five Ways I Created Opportunity at My Title I School

Manage the money, amplify student voice, and more tips from SLJ‘s 2017 Hero of Equitable Access.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

What’s Your Why? Defining Your Mission | Take the Lead

When did you last think deeply about why you are a teacher librarian? I challenge you to articulate that. You will be empowered.

Teen Politic: The True Politics of Being a Teen Services Librarian in Our Public Libraries

Teens, as a culture, are pretty maligned and misunderstood. They’re loud, they’re lazy, they’re disrespectful, they’re dangerous – pick your stereotype. They like to travel in rabid packs, that’s my favorite. I believe lots of adults sit around and visualize teens as actual packs of wolves in their minds. Teens get a bad rap. In […]

AASL National Standards: A few essentials to get started!

As a member of the AASL National Standards Implementation Taskforce, I was honored to take part in the rollout in Phoenix. Whether you were in Phoenix or were #NOTATAASL, you will need to get your arms around the Standards and share them with your colleagues or stakeholders, I’d like to highlight a few of my personal […]

Dispelling Some Myths about Public Libraries, One Tweet at a Time

I have worked in public libraries for 24 years now and every few months (weeks? days?) it seems like another think piece or post on social media comes out proclaiming that we should just shut down and stop funding our public libraries because no one even uses them anymore, or everyone just uses the Internet, […]

Hurricane Relief for Libraries; Be a Rebel and Tweet; Grants for Autism Inclusion | News Bites

Ways to help hard-hit libraries recover after Hurricane Harvey and to win literary swag and stand up for reading—and more.

Parsing the New ALA School Librarian Competencies Framework

An ALA committee has designed a set of professional competencies that emphasizes leadership and growth.

Building Bridges and Restoring Jobs | Take the Lead

A strategic district media specialist “re-professionalized” school librarian positions in Georgia schools.

New Advocacy to Save School Librarians, One Click at a Time

Save School Librarians, a project of EveryLibrary, Follet Learning, and state library associations, is an online activist site for librarians, parents, and others.

Incoming ALA President Jim Neal: Supporting School Libraries

Neal, who assumes ALA leadership in June, will bolster support for school libraries, while also prioritizing equity, leadership, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations.

School Librarians of Rhode Island Raising the Profile of Their Profession

With the help of Kickstarter and Capstone Publishing, Rhode Island school librarians are producing a video to highlight the critical importance of well-funded and properly staffed public school libraries.

Support Libraries, Save the IMLS

Earlier this week, the newest proposed federal budget was introduced and it included massive cuts to many services (see link below for a complete look at the budget in the Washington Post). Included in those potential cuts would be a complete elimination of the IMLS, the Institute of Museums and Library Services. The IMLS provides […]