Category Archives: Leadership

Advocacy for the TL position . . . continues . . . .

The process has to go beyond the mumbles and grumbles of those who can see the writing on the wall!

This published article documents the process the TL network in the ACT used to ‘shore up the leak’ of available positions.

http://www.asla.org.au/site/DefaultSite/filesystem/documents/weather_makers.pdf

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Top Five Skills Required for Librarians Today & Tomorrow I LAC Group

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Because today’s librarians must be experts in dealing with both physical and digital information, we have identified the Top 5 skills every librarian must have, or develop, in order to succeed now and into the future.

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

Well said in conclusion: "Librarians who adopt these (listed) skills will revitalize their careers, increase the visibility and viability of their profession, and become valued as the important information management professionals they are."  That’s certainly what we all need to do!

 

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7 tips for making your principal your ally – Home – Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog

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Librarians, you cannot afford to have an adversarial relationship with their principals. You cannot even afford principals who are “agents of benevolent neglect.” You need an administrator who actively supports you and your program.

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

It’s about being proactive and out there!

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An Action Plan for All Seasons | Project Advocacy | School Library …

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The importance of advocacy is evident to us during a crisis. When our libraries are threatened or our staff faces cuts, then we leap into motion. But we should be mindful of advocacy every day. With social media tools, we can …

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

It’s all about building your own skills and capacity to support your particular clients and the curriculum you work within.

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Virtual mentor – words from guru Joyce

I first saw this Vimeo clip a couple of years ago – and have revisited it recently as I reflect on how my repertoire of skills has increased; my knowledge has developed and my philosophy on being a teacher-librarian has become more clear throughout my Masters studies over the last 2 years.  I thought it worth embedding within my blog because it is such a powerful presentation of all the things to consider, as I aspire to be a better ‘information specialist’.

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Policy for collection development

Completing ETL503 has taught me a great deal about the management of the library and the importance of a ‘published’ Collection Development Policy.'Covers' displayed1

With collection evaluation and then a current collection policy that is targeted to specific school goals, we will not only ensure the resource centre suits the needs of the school (curriculum & students), but also assist the finance committee with timely budget proposal approvals for the library.

The collection map process was enlightning. The number of non-fiction books older that 15 yrs on our shelves was alarming – alerting me to the desperate need to weed. I admit that before reading the literature on weeding I had no idea about the negative implications of outdated literature.  Now I realise that those books take up valuable time and space resources!

Copyright regulations and the Smartcopying website was another eye-opener. I’ll need to keep on top of these rules and as a result of discussions with my colleagues, I will make it my business to support their ‘knowledge’ in this area too.

The discussion processes and formal completion of the collection policy specific to my school, was that most complex application of theory into a practical document that I’ve processed to date.  I now more fully understand the importance of having an ‘official & presentable’ document to support the processes and practices that will be part of the everyday functioning of a particular library.

Images: Personal collection: Library scene.

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Choose to connect . . .

The presentation isn’t just for ‘Grads’ – remember that saying – ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life’ – so it’ll work for everyone at any time.

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