Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and Survival

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Education - 123 pages
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School libraries provide an essential service to the community, but without proper funding few libraries stand a chance to maintain the resources they offer--or to survive at all. School librarians can play an instrumental role in the survival of their programs. This how-to book provides school librarians with effective advocacy and activism strategies for promoting and improving their library programs.

"Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and Survival" offers straightforward, practical approaches for creating advocacy programs. This guidebook examines the characteristics for becoming an advocate, explores the meaning of advocacy/activism as an effort that is ongoing and proactive, and provides the steps required for initiating a successful program. The contributors address the various types of advocacy and activism, including legislative advocacy at the local, state, and national levels; school and district level programs; and community-based initiatives. The book includes expert advice from successful advocates and provides helpful reproducible tools.

 

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There are so many elements that have to fall into place for the school librarian to survive in today's volatile educational environment that the task of becoming an activist for your own position can ... Read full review

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A good book to consider what makes good versus not so good advocacy strategies, and how advocacy is something that has been happening for many years, just in different ways. Great examples, good ... Read full review

Contents

A Theoretical Foundation for Activism
1
The Heart of Advocacy
13
Advocacy to Activism
27
4 Developing a Culture of Advocacy
39
5 School Library Legislative Advocacy Defined
57
6 Working with Parents Community Groups and Businesses
73
7 Building Champions in the School Community
85
Appendix
99
Index
115
About the Editor and Contributors
121
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Deborah D. Levitov, PhD, is managing editor of School Library Monthly and editor of Libraries Unlimited's Guide for Developing and Evaluating School Library Programs.

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