by Dorcas Hand
The SNL Team met last week to plan our approach for Spring 2020. Planning usually involves a bit of review of what’s done or in progress - especially at the start of a new calendar year.
Our reflection reminded us that SNL-HISD stands on four key pillars, all of which come from our mission:
Equity for all HISD students should need no explanation. We in SNL know that all students are more successful academically when they have access to a strong school library.
A strong school library is more than a bunch of books on shelves in a locked room on a campus. Without a person managing the library, the library is pretty much wasted space and money. Who will interest students in the available books? Ask teachers and students what new books to buy? Manage the books to be sure they are shelved for easy access by those who want or need them? Request the budget needed to buy new books and place that order? And accomplish so much more in behalf of student achievement and teacher support based on the expertise born of school library training? Experienced staff is key, literally The Key that unlocks the door to the magic in the library.
Traditional public schools offer every student within the district’s boundaries access to an education. HISD students should graduate literate and knowledgeable, ready for college, career and citizenship responsibilities. These schools need to be staffed with trained teachers, teacher-librarians and administrators whose top priority is student success, not test scores.
Students Need Libraries HISD does not exist in a vacuum. We are here to educate our community how best to request and support school libraries. We are also here to work with other community groups whose missions overlap ours. Collaboration is how the world works best.
Given these pillars, what did 2019 bring us? And how does our work in 2019 affect our plans for 2020?
This blog is primarily authored by Debbie Hall and Dorcas Hand, but guest authors are welcome. If you have an idea to share, please contact our email below. Debbie is a retired HISD librarian and Library Services Specialist. Dorcas is a retired school librarian who remains active in AASL/ALA. Both support increased equity in school library access and support for all HISD students and campuses.