Telling Your Story
How to use Data and Anecdotes to Build Stakeholder Advocates
Hunt, Jonathan. "Advocate This, Not That!" School Library Journal, 2 Jan. 2018, . Equity and access, not reading. Curriculum and instruction, not information literacy. College and career readiness, not ed tech. Universal Design for Learning, not collection development.
Schulte-Cooper, Laura. "Everyday Advocacy Has Lots to Offer." ALSC Blog, Association for Library Service to Children, 5 Apr. 2018.
SLJ, editor. "The Advocate's Toolbox." http://advocacy.slj.com/, edited by SLJ and Capstone, School Library Journal. This is a growing collection of articles about libraries and Makerspaces for you to use as examples and background knowledge when telling your story.
Johnson, Doug. "The Shy Person's Guide to Lobbying." Blue Skunk Blog, 16 Dec. 2017.
Falcon, Joaquin. "Victory for Washington School Libraries." ILoveLibraries, ALA, 29 Mar. 2018.
Wilson, Jan. "8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now." School Library Journal, 27 Oct. 2017, .
Kagan, Oleg. "Library Visits Have Gone Way Up Over the Last Two Decades. Here’s Why…." Medium, EveryLibrary, 4 Sept. 2017, .
ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee. "Using Data to Tell Your Story." ALSC Blog, 21 Sept. 2017.
Douglas, Veronica Arellano. "Library Reports as Infographics." Librarian Design Share: Inspiration for Library Creatives, 20 May 2016.
LaGarde, Jennifer. "School Library Annual Reports: Examples." DOCX file. Alternate Title: Be a Data Superhero - Collecting, Connecting and Sharing Library Data for the Win!
Annual Reports are Your Friend!
LaGarde, Jennifer. "Be a Data Superhero: Collecting, Connecting and Sharing Library Data for the Win!". Table. Jennifer LaGarde use[s] this list of school library annual reports during professional development on how to create and share the story of your work with important stakeholders.
Librarian Design Share. "Library Reports as Infographics." Library Design Share, May 2016.
Norton Commons Elementary Library. "Norton Commons Annual Report 2016-2017." LMS Community for Content Sharing, LibGuides, 2016-17.
Measuring Library Success
Isenberg, Rhea. "Preschool librarian transforming practice." Kentucky Teacher, 11 Jan. 2018.
Koch, Lisa, and Mimi Marquet. "Reflections on Winning the AASL NSLPY Award." KQ, AASL, 9 July 2018.
Badger, Emily, and Kevin Quealy. "How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most." New York Times, 5 Dec. 2017. Interactive Infographic.
Cross, Ashley. "Tinkering in K-12: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study of Makerspaces in Schools as an Application of Constructivist Learning." ResearchGate, Feb. 2018.
Flood, Alison and Sian Cain. Review of How Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books. Guardian, 11 July 2018.
EXAMPLES of VIDEOS
These are fun videos to inspire your own creativity as you TELL YOUR STORY in the Advocacy Process.
Episcopal School if Dallas. How Far Will You Go... to return your library book? June 2018.
Bring Them Back Overdue Library Book Parody. YouTube, 2013-14.
Salt Lake City county Library. The County Library WILL ROCK YOU. June 2018.
Please let Dorcas know if you have a contribution to post here. Let's feature HISD!!!
INSPIRATIONAL PEP TALK
Take a minute to remember why you are telling your story, what you do every day and why it matters.
Johnson, Doug. "10 Traits of Successful School Librarians." Blue Skunk Blog, 9 May 2018.
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY at the STATE LEVEL
Sullivan, Margaret. “The Importance of Advocacy at the State Level”. KQ, AASL, 7 Aug. 2018.
Kromer, Kathi. “August Is Peak Season for Advocacy: Tips for meeting with your members of Congress.” American Libraries, 3 Aug 2018.
ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR SPEECHES
Abercrombie, Sedley. "What is an ‘elevator speech’?" KQ, AASL, 26 Jan. 2018.
Rancourt, Derrick E. "Turn Your Elevator Pitch into an Escalator Pitch." Responsibilities May Include, Universities Canada, 16 Jan. 2018.
Harris, Kathleen Murray. "How to Write Emails That Actually Get Answered." Real Simple, 31 July 2017.
Legislative Efforts Elsewhere
MICHIGAN Data by NON-Librarians
Michigan School Finance Collaborative. Costing Out the Resources Needed to Meet Michigan’s Standards and Requirements. Michigan School Finance Collaborative, 2018. Fund MI Schools. One-page Fact Sheet is available. Read full 2018 website of the School Finance Research Collaborative at www.fundmischools.org/.
OpED: Zemke, Adam, et al. "Opinion | A Librarian in Every Michigan school? Lawmakers Make the Case." Bridge (MI), The Center for Michigan, 5 June 2018. The Center for Michigan, which includes Bridge Magazine, was created to help Michigan citizens develop an agenda to move our state forward. The three authors are the state legislators who proposed this bill.
Valley, Jackie. "School Librarians Fear a 'Quiet Crisis' is Endangering Their Place in the Education World." Nevada Independent, 25 Mar. 2018. A school librarian stepped up to work with a gubenatorial candidate.
Allen-Kinross, Pippa. "New Campaign Would Make School Libraries a Statutory Requirement." Schools Week, 27 Apr. 2018. This may be the UK but...
Hand, Dorcas. "Using Metrics to Illustrate Impact." School Library Connection (SLC), Jan.-Feb. 2018, pp. 22-24. NOTE: This article is not on any database, but because I wrote it, I can include the full text here.
LaGarde, Jennifer. "THIS. Thank you @MrSchuReads for being a voice for children. http://bit.ly/2qVTX4a #edchat #leadupchat #nced #nhcschat #ncdlcn #tlchat." Twitter, 26 May 2017, 5:35 AM, twitter.com/jenniferlagarde/status/868083152635473921. Despite the bit.ly URL, I was unable to get all the way back to the original Mr.Schu posting.
Developing Your Skills
Georgia Library Media Specialist Consortium. "School Librarian Effectiveness Instrument." PDF file, Sept. 2016.