[Library Media] Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

georgeweight at integrity.com georgeweight at integrity.com
Tue Sep 2 15:51:33 MDT 2014

My past experience tells me that we can market ourselves and should, but
unless we get the "customer"--students and parents--to get on board,
nothing will happen at the legislative end of things. Take what Barbara
and Diane suggest, and add to it as many things as possible that will get
the voting public on board and contacting legislators.
If we could find some things like the Special Ed people do--taking their
students up in wheelchairs to lobby the legislature--we'd go a long way to
advancing our position. That may be hard to duplicate; but some things
could be done--maybe a wagon load of outdated books, or a dinosaur
computer or two could be on display in the rotunda. Have we tried anything
like that? Just curious. Thanks.

George Weight
Former UELMA president.

> We are marketing ourselves. We keep detailed stats that show what we do
> and how much of it and we make these into user friendly info graphics that
> have gotten passed on to people who make decisions. We also gather stories
> from our users about why libraries and librarians matterŠI think we are
> working the smart business angle, at least from where I'm standing.
> On 9/2/14 11:45 AM, "Diane Johnson" <diane.johnson at ssanpete.org> wrote:
>>I came to library science late in lifeŠ my experience is in business.  I
>>see we, as teacher librarians, are working from a public service point of
>>view and not a business point of view.
>>Instead of justifying our positions in the traditional sense (libraries
>>have been important, are important, and will be important forever), we
>>should be marketing and branding ourselves in HOW we are important.  What
>>do we do in teaching informational literacy, critical thinking skills,
>>digital citizenship, etc. Times are changing.  We can either be like 90%
>>of the newspapers out there and insist that we will have value because we
>>have always had valueŠ or we can change with the times and find new ways
>>of doing things.  I don¹t know what all the new things are, but my above
>>list is some of what I do every day.  We have to market what we do to our
>>administrators, our parents, and the legislators.
>>One thing that we should be doingŠ and that our politicians won¹t likeŠ
>>is to empower our students to be intelligent voters.  How to cut through
>>the hyperbole and political rhetoric to vote for the person doing the
>>best job, not the one that looks and sounds good. To think for themselves
>>and not what others tell them to think.
>>Diane Johnson
>>Gunnison Valley High School
>>On Sep 2, 2014, at 11:06 AM, georgeweight at integrity.com wrote:
>>> We worked on this back in Governor Bangerter's day; and did manage to
>>> the Library Core adopted and some funding maintained. But the attitude
>>> then--and even still, among many legislators and large numbers of the
>>> public--is that libraries and librarians are an expendable frill. We
>>> to keep constant vigilance with legislators and the voting public to
>>> them see the necessity of the funding necessary for good school library
>>> programs--especially with the impact of technological applications and
>>> need to integrate ever-changing developments into information handling
>>> retrieval skills. All library media personnel should keep contacting
>>> legislators regularly, and plan programs during and after school that
>>> invite parents and the public into their centers to demonstrate what's
>>> happening for student benefit.
>>> George Weight
>>> Former President of UELMA
>>>> You are right Barbara. After all, we have a State mandated Library
>>>> Core
>>>> here in Utah for all Elementary Schools, and look how many districts
>>>> in
>>>> the State have certified teachers and librarians in their elementary
>>>> schools.
>>>> Joseph R. Nielsen
>>>> Library Technology Teacher
>>>> Hawthorne Elementary School
>>>> Salt Lake City School District
>>>> From: library-media [mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On
>>>> Of Hopkins, Barbara
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:35 AM
>>>> To: Juan Lee; Teacher Librarians
>>>> Subject: Re: [Library Media] Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public
>>>> Schools Can't Afford
>>>> It seems like part of the answer to this dilemma would be to make time
>>>> spent learning information literacy skills state mandated.
>>>> Barbara Hopkins
>>>> District Library Media Specialist
>>>> Evidence Based Learning
>>>> Canyons School District
>>>> 801-826-5095
>>>> The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
>>>> - Herbert Spencer
>>>> ________________________________
>>>> From: library-media [library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] on behalf of
>>>> Juan Lee [jtlee at utah.gov]
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:24 AM
>>>> To: Teacher Librarians
>>>> Subject: [Library Media] Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public
>>>> Schools
>>>> Can't Afford
>>>> From NPR Monday's Morning Edition...
>>>> Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford
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>>>> Utah State Library Division
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