Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and by Deborah D. Levitov

By Deborah D. Levitov

School libraries supply an important carrier to the neighborhood, yet with out right investment few libraries stand an opportunity to keep up the assets they offer—or to outlive in any respect. university librarians can play an instrumental function within the survival in their courses. This how-to ebook offers university librarians with potent advocacy and activism thoughts for selling and bettering their library programs.

Activism and the college Librarian: instruments for Advocacy and Survival deals effortless, useful ways for developing advocacy courses. This guidebook examines the features for changing into an recommend, explores the that means of advocacy/activism as an attempt that's ongoing and proactive, and offers the stairs required for starting up a winning software. The individuals handle many of the kinds of advocacy and activism, together with legislative advocacy on the neighborhood, nation, and nationwide degrees; tuition and district point courses; and community-based tasks. The booklet comprises professional recommendation from profitable advocates and gives precious reproducible tools.

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School Library Monthly 28, no. 3 (December 2011): 5–8. ” School Library Monthly 26, no. 4 (December 2009): 2. ” School Library Media Activities Monthly 23, no. 2 (October 2006): 2. ” School Library Media Activities Monthly 23, no. 2 (January 2008): 2. ” School Library Media Activities Monthly 25, no. 1 (September 2008): 2. “Use This Page: Planning and Assessing Inquiry-based Learning” School Library Monthly 26, no. 1 (September 2009): 2. ” School Library Media Activities Monthly 25, no. 3 (November 2008): 2.

An example of a school library vision statement is: The library program led by a certified school librarian serves as the intellectual and social center of the school, promoting academic and lifelong learning. An advocacy statement developed from this shared vision might be: Student academic success and lifelong learning are dependent on philosophical and financial support for access to school libraries led by certified school librarians. Anchoring the advocacy statement in the shared library vision creates a foundation for the action plan.

Determining who the target audiences are and how to identify and elicit their support is the first step in a long-term advocacy plan. Librarians are often so intent on drawing support from direct users of the library program that they find themselves too busy to extend out into the community. Although it is imperative to meet issues at the building level, when it comes to advocacy it is important to extend conscious outreach to the wider community. Successful advocacy plans are founded on the premise that all segments of the community are vital components to developing preemptive grassroots efforts.

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