AISLE Professional Resources
- AISLE Advocacy
- Act for School Libraries
A national coalition of school librarians, library school faculty, and others with a passion for students and great library programs sharing resources and ideas.
- Advocacy Guru
Stephanie Vance was the speaker at the 2009 ISLMA Conference Awards Banquet. She has lots of info on her site in regards to working with Congress but the basic advice is for all types of advocacy.
- ALA. Legislative Action Center
This is a good site to respond to “hot” issues, find your legislator, and other library advocacy items.
- American School Board Journal Archives
The archives are accessible with a subscription or individual articles can be purchased. Highly recommend “The Future of Libraries” from the January, 2010 issue. If your school board members are also members of the American School Board Association, they receive this publication. This may also be accessed via online periodical databases. Good article emphasizing the need for good school library programs and certificated staff.
- California School Library Association. Campaign for Strong School Libraries
Campaign is new in 2011 and is an excellent resource for ideas for local advocacy.
- Congressional Information Portal
This is the site for all things pertaining to the U.S. Congress. Official websites for the members of congress, the committees, bills, resolutions, it’s all here. Site also includes information for classroom teachers so share this with them.
- Illinois General Assembly
Your go to site for all things pertaining to the state legislature. Find bills and state statutes, schedules for both House and Senate, bios and contact information for members of both chambers, even links to audio and video of the day’s actions when they are convened.
- Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog—“Is Your Job on the Line and What You Can Do About It”
Be sure to read the comments and use the links provided to previous posts by Doug.
- Doug Johnson Blue Skunk Blog—“Budgeting for Mean, Lean Times”
This is the first of series of blog postings on budgeting that has nuggets of how to use the budget process in advocacy.
- School Library Advocacy
- School Libraries Work! 2008 ed.
This is a good summary of the school library studies that emphasize the value of school libraries and certified librarians in student learning.
- The Shy Person’s Guide to Lobbying by Doug Johnson
Kramer, Pamela K. and Linda Diekman, “Evidence Assessment Advocacy,” Teacher Librarian, 37:3. February 2010.
Find resources on Materials Challenges/Censorship, LMC 2.0, and Access and Diversity:
- Intellectual Freedom Resource Toolkit
- Intellectual Freedom Resource Toolkit [PDF]
- Pass It On!
- Developing Social Media Guidelines – [PDF] – [WORD]
- Illinois School Library Media Association’s Representative for Intellectual Freedom
- Illinois Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee
- Your regional library system
- The Copyright Website
- US Copyright Office
- Crash Course in Copyright
- Creative Commons
- Student Copyright Quizzes
link 1 | link 2 | link 3
- NPC Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights
- The Ultimate Guide to Copyright for Students
- A Plagiarism Guide for Students
- Understanding and Preventing Plagiarism: Strategies and Resources for Students and Teachers
Buzzo, Toni. “Using Communication to Solve Roadblocks to Collaboration.” Teacher Librarian (June 2004) 31.5
Johnson, Peggy. Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. “Upgrading the K-12 Journey through Curriculum Mapping: A Technology Tool for Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists, and Administrators.” Knowledge Quest (November/December 2000) 29:2.
Loertscher, David V. and May Lein Ho. Collection Mapping in the LMC. San Jose, CA: Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 1996.
Baule, S. M. (2007). Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers, Linworth Publishing.
Bolan, K. (2009). Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover. 2nd ed. ALA Editions.
Erikson, R. & Harkuson, C. (2007). Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future. ALA Editions.
Haggans, M. (1998). 14 Ways to Get Better Performance from Your Architect. School Planning & Management, 37 (3), 24-27. (Dated but excellent source for those new to the process)
Hart, T. L. (2006). Top Ten List of Library Facility Technology Issues. Library Media Connection 24 (4): 46-47.
- Johnson D. (2009) Some Design Considerations.
- National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Illinois Education Sites
Bell, Mary Ann. 2007. The Elephant in the Room: School Districts Nationwide Are Voluntarily Filtering the Filters- And No One Is Talking about It. School Library Journal 53, no.1 (January), 40-42.
Harris, Frances Jacobson. 2009. Ethics from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0: Standing Outside the Box. Knowledge Quest 37, no. 3 (January/February), 56-61.
Magid, Larry. 2009, July 9. Should Schools End Internet Safety Nights? SafeKids.com.
- Online Predators: The Media Show
- Protecting Your Kids on the Internet
- Consumerprotect.com: Protect your kids online
- The Essential Teen Internet Safety Guide by USDish
- 360 Total Security Internet Safety and Security for Kids
How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone This is a resource from a cellphone company in Great Britain and does advertise their services. It is meant for parents but has very good information.
- The Ultimate Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety (Every Cloud Technologies Ltd.)
- Consumer Affairs reviews of antivirus software
- Safe Stars: Internet Safety Tips for Kids
- Internet Safety for Kids provided by MONEYSAVEPRO
- The Concerned Parent’s Toolbox – 120 Tools and Tricks to Protect Your Kids
- Best Antivirus Software for 2017 from MONEYSAVINGPRO
- Plagiarism Guide
- Insuring Child Safety Online
- The Lifecake Guide To Internet Safety & Privacy For Kids (And Parents)
These are some places to look but the listings are probably not totally inclusive. Each Regional Office of Education and Illinois Library System has its own policy and responsibility for the job postings.
Developing a Relationship with Your Legislator
A joint project funded by ILA, ILSDO, and ISLMA
- Leadership Continuum Checklist
- Online Resources for School Librarians
- School Libraries on the Web – Peter Milbury’s site
Creighton, Peggy Milam. (2007) Mentoring a New Library Media Specialist: a Model Relationship. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 24(4), 25-28.
Meloni, Christine. (2006) Mentoring the Next Generation of Library Media Specialists. Library Media Connection, 24(4), 32-33.
Online Journals and Discussion Groups
- American Association of School Librarians (ALA)
- Association for Library Service to Children (ALA)
- Young Adult Library Services Association (ALA)
- Illinois Library Association
- Children’s Book Council
- Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C.
- Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
- International Society for Technology in Education
- Illinois Digital Educators Alliance
- International Reading Association (IRA)
Quantitative Guidelines for School Libraries
Utah School Library Media Programs – standards from Utah State Office of Ed.
Resources for School Librarians – a mega site with state and national guidelines and standards from many states. This site is maintained by Linda Bertland, retired school librarian.
Research on School Library Media Programs
Powerful Libraries Make Powerful Learners: The Illinois Study
Idaho School Library Impact Study
School Libraries Work! is a research foundation paper that collects position statements and research findings on the impact that school libraries and school library information specialists have on student achievement. This booklet, in PDF format, is an easy-to-read and understand summary of the research.
Stephen D. Krashen, author of The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, includes information in his books and website on the importance of providing students with a print-rich environment.
Resources for Keeping Up
From library people:
- Joyce Valenza’s Never Ending Search
- The Blue Skunk Blog, from Doug Johnson
- TeacherLibrarianNing An online community for school librarians.
- Learning 4 Librarians – Professional Development Opportunities for School Librarians.
From other folks:
- NetFamilyNews.org: Kid-tech News for Parents
- SafeKids.com: Internet Safety and Civility
- The ReadWriteWeb
- Mashable: The Social Media Guide
- Classroom 2.0 Ning A social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and social media in education.
Web 2.0 Goes to School
Hargittai, E. 2010. Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses among Members of the “Net Generation.” Sociological Inquiry. 80 (1): 92-113. The take-home message from this study is that young people don’t actually know everything about the digital world. They need our guidance to learn literacy in this realm as well.
Ito, Mizuko, et al. 2008. Digital Youth Research: Kids’ Informal Learning With Digital Media, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Available: http://digitalyouth.ischool.berkeley.edu/report-announcement. A synthesis of the findings of 22 different case studies revealing how young people learn, create, and collaborate online.
Lenhart, Amanda, May 13, 2009. Cyberbullying: What the Research Is Telling Us… Presentation at the National Association of Attorneys General Year of the Child Conference, Pew Internet and American Life Project. Keep an eye on anything produced by the Pew Internet and American Life Project!
Wolak, Janet, David Finkelhor, Kimberley J. Mitchell, and Michelle L. Ybarra, February 18, 2008. Online “Predators” and Their Victims: Myths, Realities, and Implications for Prevention and Treatment. American Psychologist, 63 (2): 111-128.