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Advocacy for School Libraries & Education

"The library, as we once knew it, may no longer be relevant. School librarians, as we once knew them, may no longer be relevant. And, yet, this is undoubtedly the most exciting time in history to be a librarian." - Joyce Valenza & Doug Johnson
by Gwyneth Jones on 11 March 2011

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"The library, as we once knew it, may no longer be relevant.

School librarians, as we once knew them, may no longer be relevant.

And, yet, this is undoubtedly the most exciting time in history to be a librarian."
"When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself" -Isaac Asimov From the SLJ article: Things That Keep Us Up at Night
by Joyce Valenza & Doug Johnson From the SLJ article: Things That Keep Us Up at Night by Joyce Valenza & Doug Johnson "The future of the school library as a relevant and viable institution is largely dependent on us and how quickly we respond to change." Creative Commons Photo By Feggy Art Illustration by Brian Ajhar via SLJ Creative Commons Photo By Peter Darch Economic shifts
Intellectual property shifts
The challenge of keeping ahead
Failing to embrace networked & social media So What is Keeping Us Up All Night? Creative Commons Intellectual Property Critical Evaluation
of Research Results Google Tagging Attribution The Shifted Product:
"Students need to read, interpret, and create all types of writing and scripting: YouTube video, Tweets, blog posts, digital stories." Widgets Embrace the new
“remix” culture The Solution Integration of new book formats:
—Playaways, ebooks, audiobooks,
interactive web books Don't cop out - FIGHT the Filter!
"Enough with the “yeah, buts,” opting out of the intellectual freedom battle by saying things like: but my IT people block that, the principal will never approve that, the board has a policy, or the parents will get upset." From the SLJ article: Things That Keep Us Up at Night by Joyce Valenza & Doug Johnson "We must be available as a 24/7 learning experience,
a hybrid of virtual practice
that supports our
face-to-face instruction
and services." We must advocate for ourselves. Having a strong "web presence" is not showing off - it's sharing with the community. Connect with your students & community:
Wiki's, blogs, webpages, access to online research databases for homework,
online PAC, Twitter, & Facebook.

Basically, any way a kid or a parent might look to find & contact you - YOU should be there. Start small:
Wiki (public)
Library media blog
Twitter for conferences Creative Commons Photo by alexkess It's NEVER too Late
& it's EASY to Start! Creative Commons Photo by alexkess Resources:
MHMS Tech Wiki: The Daring Librarian's Steam Powered WIKI of Ed Tech Goodness! Creative Commons Photo by alexkess & thedaringlibrarian.com blog From the SLJ article: Things That Keep Us Up at Night by Joyce Valenza & Doug Johnson From the SLJ article: Things That Keep Us Up at Night by Joyce Valenza & Doug Johnson The NEW Authority
"The definition of “authoritative” seems to be undergoing a societal change. Are we helping make this an intelligent transition or just living
in denial?" Start building a PLN: The best & most effective professional development is in our own hands & on our own time. We are dangerously close to
being thought of as irrelevant
and out of a job. Google Map
by Shonda Brisco From the SLJ article: Things That Keep Us Up at Night by Joyce Valenza & Doug Johnson
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