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Communication for the Teacher-Librarian

By Len Bryan

Introduction

School library media specialists are presented with many opportunities to communicate with all of our stakeholders- students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community at large. Use this course to evaluate your communication style and to develop specific goals and strategies for communicating effectively with all of your library's stakeholders.

Len Bryan — Librarian, collaborator, learner.

Added by Len Bryan: “Read Gloria Meraz's excellent editorial on page 4 about communicating with stakeholders. Pay special attention to the guidelines she offers to help us stay in line with our organizations' rules around communications. Please be patient while this page loads - it's worth the wait!

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Added by Len Bryan: “This is an excellent perspective from the administrative side, from a former librarian, now tech director. Communicating with your principal is not as hard as you may think; you actually have more in common than you may realize!

5 Making the Principal Connection

Added by Len Bryan: “Read this blog post to learn about communicating with your principal, and about creating an effective communications program for your library.

6 Communicating with your principal

Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 05:44AM Note: This week I am on a "writing holiday" from my day job. I'm using the time to work on a revision of my 1997 book The Indispensable Librarian. (Personally, I think it is still just fine, but others have asked if we still use Gopher as a search tool in our district.) While

Added by Len Bryan: “An elevator pitch is not just for salespeople - they are helpful when you run into a school board member at the grocery store, or when someone says "Why do we need libraries when everything is in Google?".

7 Communications Skills From MindTools.com

Added by Len Bryan: “The Elevator Speech or Pitch is an excellent advocacy tool for your library program. The AASL has provided examples on this page for various audiences.

8 American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Elevator SpeechesThirty seconds and 100-150 words An effective elevator pitch generally answers questions such as: What the product, service, or project is. What it does for the buyer, investor, or sponsor (e.g. the benefits). Who you are and why you will be successful.Designed to get a conversation started: AudiencesSL Colleagues The bar for 21st-century literacy is set higher for today's

Added by Len Bryan: “Our first contact with any stakeholder should be a positive one! Read to find out some alternatives to sending home rules (or posting them in giant font all over the library).

9 A library's first contact with parents

Friday, August 10, 2012 at 06:21AM This question was recently posted to LM_Net: Do any of you send a letter home with students at the beginning of the year that explains library rules, routines, info, etc..? If so, could you please share so I could generate some ideas. Thanks in advance. Ah, the first thing our parents hear from us

Added by Len Bryan: “Our profession is under almost constant attack, and while outside forces are partially to blame, we also must shoulder some of the responsibility ourselves. Read this blog post and print out the infographic.

10 The Adventures of Library Girl: Joyce's Story: The Ending Is Up To You

A few days ago, Joyce Valenza posted a video and script of what she called a School Library Story. Both are a testimonial of sorts. A response to the continued cuts to school library programs across the country, but specifically in Philadelphia, where there are only 15 school librarians left to serve their 250+ schools. It's an accounting of what

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