Recommended Articles for the School Librarian
Students Working in the Library
Lehman, K. B., and L. E. Donovan. 2011. Power Researchers: Transforming Student Library Aides into Action Learners. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
This article describes how a book called Libraries Unlimited, suggests using an elective for high school students that allows them to develop research skills, confidence, and knowledge while independently manning the library circulation desk, and in turn providing much needed help. Among other tasks, students would become part of the learning commons, contributing to the school community while gaining incomparable experience. This is a great idea and can be adapted to middle and elementary school students as well, perhaps allowing time spent volunteering in the library as a portion of their language arts grade.
Librarians and Evaluation
Johnson, D. 2001. “What Gets Measured Gets Done: The Importance of Evaluating Your Library Media Program.” Book Report 20 (2): 14–15.
This article explains how to assess your library media program in four steps and emphasizes the importance of gaining support from the principal in order to make effective improvements. Johnson concludes the article by stating how librarians should view evaluation as a tool enabling them the opportunity to get a higher budget, improve working conditions, and gain a direction for planning. I would implement the 4 steps Johnson describes and keep a written record of my progress throughout the year, making workable plans to achieve goals.
Library Design and Copyright Compliancy
Harper, M. 2007. “How Physical Design Can Influence Copyright Compliance.” Knowledge Quest 35 (3): 30–32.
This article gives examples of how the layout of a library can effect copyright compliancy with both teachers and students. Harper describes how the location of resources can affect teachers and students by being inconveniently located, hidden from view, or being often unavailable. These circumstances can be avoided or improved upon, creating copyright compliancy more often. I had never considered this effect until reading this article, and it has now made me aware of issues that need to be considered when designing or making changes to a libraries physical design.
The Librarian's Annual Report
Jensen, A. 2008. “Presenting the Evidence: Librarian’s Annual Report to the Principal.” Knowledge Quest 37 (2): 28–32.
This article explains the importance of the quality of a librarian’s annual report and its possible impact on the library budget. Jensen states that evidence should be presented in all of the 4 roles of teacher, instructional partner, informational specialist, and program administrator. She also emphasizes ongoing month-to-month communication with the principal, keeping the lines of communication open for collaborative thinking. I would make a huge effort in this area, knowing how it can pay off at the end of the year.
- The Library Shift to a Learning Commons, An Article ...
Bruce White shares his strategies for creating a successful 21st century learning commons.
- How to Improve your School’s Library Media Center
A library media center should be a place full of energy and excitement. It should offer a large amount of current and relevant resources, expert guidance, and a welcoming and comfortable environment.
- Creating a Library Newsletter
Creating a library newsletter is easy to do with Microsoft Publisher. In this hub, you will find simple instructions and suggestions for information to include.
- Lessons for Elementary Library Media Specialist
Today students are expected to be technology proficient. Librarians have a challenging task, teaching within the framework of their state's standards, and teaching students to be competent in accessing information effectively. This article gives some