[Library Media] ELEVATING MEDIA SPECIALISTS AS INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Fri Nov 16 11:55:35 MST 2012


Dear Librarians, a colleague sent this to me and I thought I would pass it
along.

*THANKS TO DARIA, STATE LIBRARY SOUTH DAKOTA FOR THE NOTE.*


Colleagues:****

I spent some time last night reading the materials on the three “all4ed.org”
sites.  They have some very good materials. I went through their brochures.
*They talk about  the need for “information literacy/fluency” and the need
for 21stcentury school libraries and librarians, but only in two places is
there is casual mention of  the need for “media specialists.”  *Nowhere is
“information literacy/fluency mentioned per se as a term.****

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In my opinion some librarians need to partner with them to spell out more
clearly what they are saying. Believe me, it would be a rare school
administrator who would connect the dots and see that what they have
already should be retooled, re-staffed and beefed-up…their School Library!**
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READ: *THE NATION’S SCHOOLS ARE STEPPING UP TO HIGHER STANDARDS*
Alliance for Excellent Education, November 2012****

They talk about “whole school reform.”  That is an excellent approach and
phrase. I like that.

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*Here is a portion of an introductory paragraph: *

“The next two years will see unprecedented developments in education as the
country seeks something fundamentally different than it ever has from K-12
education in order to prepare all students for success in college and a
career in the twenty-first century economy. As has been commonly observed
over the past decade, technology has not revolutionized education the way
it has other fields and industries. But revolutionizing education may
finally be under way, fueled by the Common Core State Standards Initiative…”
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*Here are some other quotes:*****

“ Teachers need advanced resources to provide *rich, relevant learning
opportunities* that meet each student’s needs and ensure that all students
have the opportunity to drive their own learning.”****

“*Effective digital media* combined with powerful teaching, *rich content*,
and engaged students will take learning in the US to a much higher level…”**
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Need for “*deeper learning skills*”…****

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*Here is the real kicker of a quote from their materials:*****

“The dilemma is how to push district leaders to rethink how resources are
allocated in support of teachers. For example, streamlining expenses,
offering online professional development, *ELEVATING MEDIA SPECIALISTS AS
INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS*, and analyzing budget expenses…can help districts
reallocate resources…”****

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*Page 7 describes 21st century school libraries and librarians to a tea!****
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“A personalized, *learner-centered environment* uses *technology to collect
and organize data* to help establish learning goals and criteria for
success…"

"Access *to technology tools and educational resources* that empower and
elevate school leaders and teachers to apply their pedagogical knowledge,
creativity…”

“Districts and states need to *rethink** how academic content is developed
and obtained for their teachers and students*…”****

“*Providing multiple sources of high quality academic content offers
students greater opportunities to reflect on their own work, think
critically and engage frequently to enable deeper understanding of complex
topics*.”  Sounds like INFORMATION LITERACY/FLUENCY TO ME!****

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Has anyone else taken a look at this site? Daria Bossman, Interim State
Librarian, South Dakota****

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*Juan Tomás Lee*, State Data Coordinator/Consultant
Utah *State Library* Division <http://library.utah.gov>
250 N 1950 W Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-715-6769  |  800-662-9150  |  jtlee at utah.gov

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