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5 Roles for Empowering* School Librarians *ones who impact academic achievement:

5 Roles for Empowering* School Librarians *ones who impact academic achievement

Outline:

Outline A school librarian’s job description Research on the impact of school librarians on academic achievement What we know from this research, or 5 roles for empowering school librarians Uses of the 5 roles

A “Librarian’s” Job Description :

A “Librarian’s” Job Description I … Order and catalog books Check books in and out Reshelve books Run Accelerated Reader program Tend library computers Teach keyboarding Chair the book fair

What’s Missing?:

What’s Missing? What activities that you associate with a school librarian were not on that list? What activities that are on that list do you not associate with a school librarian?

A School Librarian Is:

A School Librarian Is a school leader a program administrator an information navigator a technology facilitator a collaborative teacher and learner

The Research That Backs It Up:

The Research That Backs It Up Since 2000 At least 5 teams of researchers More than 12 U.S. states Data on over 7,500 schools—all levels, all sizes—and their communities Building-level summary test scores representing over 3 million students

Key Research Findings:

Key Research Findings Links between Academic achievement (represented by scores on standards-based state tests of reading/ language arts skills) and library staffing levels, librarian activities, collection size, technology integration, library usage Schools with stronger school library programs average 10-20% higher test scores

More Findings …:

More Findings … Controlling for key school and community differences, library still explains up to 8% of test score variation Poverty explains away other school and community differences—like the teacher-pupil ratio, per pupil spending, and parents’ education—but not the impact of school libraries

Secret to a Strong Library Program:

Secret to a Strong Library Program An Empowered—and Empowering—School Librarian What does that mean? … Let’s talk about the 5 roles of a school librarian…

School Leader:

School Leader Someone who has the education, training and credentials required to be a leader in the job Someone who regularly… meets with the principal, attends faculty meetings, serves on key committees, and meets with other library staff

Program Administrator:

Program Administrator An effective manager of a school library program that is adequately staffed, stocked, and funded Requires planning, budgeting, reporting, and evaluation Someone who works with students and teachers on a flexible schedule Requires support staff

Information Navigator:

Information Navigator A selector of print, non-print, and electronic resources that support the school’s curriculum and the state’s standards Someone who teaches others how to be information literate—i.e., to recognize an information need and to locate, evaluate, and apply information in critical thinking to solve a problem

Technology Facilitator:

Technology Facilitator Someone who selects licensed databases and identifies authoritative free websites Someone who bridges gaps between students and teachers, online information, and curriculum and instruction

Collaborative Teacher/Learner:

Collaborative Teacher/Learner A teacher of students who collaborates with classroom teachers in design and delivery of instruction A teacher of other teachers who creates more self-reliant users of information resources and technology A colleague who attends local library staff meetings and state and national conferences regularly

An Empowered/ing School Librarian Is …:

An Empowered/ing School Librarian Is … a school leader a program administrator an information navigator a technology facilitator a collaborative teacher and learner

How Does Your School Stack Up?:

How Does Your School Stack Up? Is your school librarian empowered by the administration to perform these 5 roles? Does your school librarian empower other teachers and students to succeed? What more can your school do to enable its librarian to perform all 5 roles?

Uses of 5 Roles for School Librarians:

Uses of 5 Roles for School Librarians Setting school goals Establishing a teaching-learning environment (a climate of collaboration, the value of information literacy skills)

More Uses of 5 Roles:

More Uses of 5 Roles Writing the librarian’s job description Hiring a new librarian “Growing your own” librarian, or cultivating leadership and excellence Establishing performance expectations of the librarian Evaluating the library and librarian (if it’s broken, don’t throw it away; fix it!)

More Uses of 5 Roles:

More Uses of 5 Roles Planning and budgeting for the library program Continuing education for current library staff In-service training for all school staff

For more information…:

For more information… Visit http://www.LRS.org/impact.php

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