Thing 26: Taking the Lead: Connecting with your Stakeholders

I’m going to be honest and say that whenever I’m talking about library advocacy or learn new ways I can advocate for myself and this profession, I get super pumped! I make a list of everything I want to do and then somehow months go by and I realize I haven’t done too much so I’m glad this was a tool. I’m also glad it came towards the end of the school year because I’ve made a list of all the things I want to do this summer to start next year!

For this blog post, I’m going to list what I thought were some of the most important points from the resources/articles posted:

Webinar: Connected Librarian Day
– 1st thing you need to know before you can do anything is who are your stakeholders? (then you need to research them – what are their needs, what is important to them and then tailoring your library messaged based on their needs)
– look at your school improvement plan and know what your school goals are (I believe this is one of my strengths because this is my second year serving on the School Based Planning Team and I have also spent a great deal of time revising/editing our School Comprehensive Education Program)
– using video tools to get your message across (I am definitely going to check some of these out that she mentioned: Powtoon, Screencastomatic; I also triple starred Aurasma on my note sheet and don’t remember why so I am going to have to go back to that, maybe for the DIY tool 🙂
– I LOVE how she genrified her library and was able to increase circulation right away, right after I heard her talk about this I made some minor changes by pulling my Elephant and Piggie books and fairy books in a separate area. In just a few a days, I noticed kids were checking them out more because they were easier to find.
– some other ideas that I think I will start using is Symbaloo for my Destiny page, visual searches in Destiny. “Tuesday teacher tips” and a platform for all my stakeholders to see what we’re doing in library. I like the idea of creating a facebook page where I can post pictures/videos of what’s going on in here.
– She said at the end pick 1 or 2 tools that work best for you and use them and that is the best advice. I think people overwhelm themselves with trying to use too many resources instead of using 1 or 2 really well.

School Libraries Matter: You tube
– one of the speakers from the video said the library is the “epicenter of real meaningful learning”, on any given day when you walk into my library you would most likely see my class but then 2-4 other small groups working with volunteers. My library is NOT a quiet library and that’s the way I love it because when one of my parents or administrators walk in, they see learning going on.

10 things classroom teachers need to know about modern school libraries: 
– “We don’t know everything, but we know where to find everything” – this is how I advocate for myself to my teachers. They know that I don’t know everything but I will go out of my way to find something for you and if I can’t find it for you, I will know someone who will!
– “We’re teachers too”. I teach every day, multiple hours a day. I follow my own set of standards as well as integrating Common Core standards all while trying to target skills that are being taught in the classroom. I think some of my co-workers get and it and I think some are completely oblivious but that’s on me. My goal for the next school  year are to reach out to teachers that are a bit harder to collaborate with and showcase more student work in my library.

I think one of the things that frustrates librarians the most (specifically school librarians) is that many people don’t understand our role. Many people see the old role of the librarian (a storage area of books) and that role has completely transformed. The more visible we make ourselves by speaking and collaborating with our stakeholders, assuming that leadership and information specialist role and showcasing everything we do will make us more valuable to people.

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One Response to Thing 26: Taking the Lead: Connecting with your Stakeholders

  1. Great summary of these resources! And so important to remember that “pick 1 or 2 tools” advice. Something I have a hard time with too.

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