Simply Indispensable

Simply Indispensable : An Action Guide for School Librarians

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A structured approach to advocacy for K-12 school librarians focuses their energy on an active path that showcases library programs and resources and expresses the essential role librarians serve in school and student success.

Keeping a library program vital requires regular reflection about current practices and a willingness to implement changes that will position the library and library staff should they be threatened with elimination. Simply Indispensable: An Action Guide for School Librarians helps librarians do just that. The book begins with an explanation of the need to act and then offers a systematic approach to taking action. Each chapter is devoted to an active path: attracting patrons; interacting with teachers, parents, administrators, and the community; communicating; reacting to "situations;" working for reinstatement if the worst happens, and more.



The book covers advocacy-from the subtle exercise of developing excellent programs to the overt outreach of Legi-Days. Additionally, there is specific information about what to do when the RIF notice or pink slip arrives or if cuts are made, including how to properly close a library. After putting these actions into effect, school librarians will have a cadre of supporters ready to speak for them should the need arise.


* Ideas and templates to help librarians systematically bring library programs into the stakeholder's field of vision

* Quizzes to reinforce suggested actions
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Product details

  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 175.26 x 251.46 x 12.7mm | 399.16g
  • LIBRARIES UNLIMITED INC
  • Englewood, United States
  • English
  • 1591587999
  • 9781591587996
  • 56,799

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"Library media specialists anticipating staff and budget cuts, or those who want to improve their advocacy initiatives, will find the book a helpful, common sense guide for proactively approaching the problem." - Library Media Connection "For the beginners in the field or those who feel stuck or imprisoned on the outskirts of their school's central program, this is a book to consider, to use to make one's own 'To Do' list, to develop year-long, not just New Year's, resolutions." - Teacher Librarian
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About Janice Gilmore-See

Janice Gilmore-See is the district librarian for La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, La Mesa, CA, overseeing 21 school-site libraries and the district instructional media center.
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