Monday, April 1, 2013

Making Practice Public

Did you catch this great article in LMC way back in November?  Even if you did, now is a great time for a reminder about making our practice more public.  

Many Iowa school districts are lucky to have strong support for their library programs, but unfortunately, the sense of urgency in Creighton’s article is all too real for many of our colleagues.  I am in awe of those of you who teach students in multiple buildings, manage up to five different collections for different populations, and administer programs that support your communities all on your own.  And yet, while you are working these miracles, our communities may be in the dark about what it is you do (and why there should be at least one of us in each building).

Creighton’s article suggests blogging as a way to make what we do more visible.  But it doesn't have to be a blog. It can be a newsletter, a Twitter account, consistent appearances at PTO meetings... whatever you can do to make sure that the library program and what it can do for students is in the spotlight.

Another great way to advocate for students and what their library can do for them.... is to attend your state conference!  Attending a conference like IASL (next weekend!) demonstrates that Teacher Librarians not only love to collaborate and learn from other professionals, but that we are a thriving group that values developing our own practice and bringing our expertise back to our schools.  

Read the article here:
Creighton, P. (2012). MAKE YOUR PRACTICE PUBLIC. Library Media Connection, 31(3), 32.