All Library Media Specialists:

Below you will see the professional development training from the October 11, 2012 LMST meeting. Please take the time to read the articles, view the videos, and polish your library's mission statement. You will then add your mission statement to this wiki under the appropriate grade level. If you are unsure how to edit a wiki, please view this video: Wikis in Plain English

How did we get here, and where are we going?

How can we become part of the solution?

​Please Read:

"Staffing Has Been Cut… Now What Do You Do?" by Kristin Fontichiaro

  • How can we restructure and create a vision to keep growing as professionals in our schools?

"Where Does Your Authority Come From? Empowering the Library Media Specialist as a True Partner in Student Achievement" by Allison Zmuda

  • How can we connect our purpose to student achievement in our schools today?

"Common Core and School Librarians: An Interview with Joyce Karon" by Pamela K. Kramer

  • From the article, "Librarians need to be the gurus of CCS. They need to know the CCS inside out. These standards are interdisciplinary, and it is school librarians who can help teachers make connections among courses. It seems to me that the role of school librarians, more than ever, is one of leader, designer, and educator." How does this quote change your view point of the Common Core Curriculum, or does it? Share an "ah, ha!" Why is it so important that we become part of the conversation and lead the way toward integration?

"If not us, who? If not now, when? If not here, where?"

  • How can we be seen as leaders in our school? What changes must occur that are within our reach to implement?

"All Aboard!: Implementing Common Core offers school librarians an opportunity to take the lead." by Rebecca Hill
  • What are our strengths, and how can we lead with them?
Please Do:
Set a tone for your year and your media center(s).
OLMS mission statement, "The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information." Write a mission statement for your school(s) that shares your vision, purpose, connections to stakeholders and how your purpose connects to the Common Core. Post your mission statement in your school level's page along with your name/school. (Name/School/Mission Statement) If you already have a mission statement, consider giving it some polish.

Your R&E Meeting Resources:
"Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role" by Catherine Gewertz - published online Education Week, 09/11/12
Read the article above at your R&E Meeting. Discuss creating an Elevator Speech to give when you have an opportunity to share how library media connects to Common Core at your school, or elsewhere.