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The Hidden Figure: Your School Librarian

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The Hidden Figure: Your School Librarian

  1. 1. THE HIDDEN FIGURE: YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARIAN K.C. Boyd, M.A., M.Ed. & M.L.I.S. http://www.kcboyd.com/
  2. 2. HELLO! My Name Is K.C. Boyd I’m A Library Media Specialist & It’s The BEST Job On The Planet! 2
  3. 3. Jefferson Academy Library Media Specialist District of Columbia Public Schools 2020 Newbery Selection Committee 2015 Library Journal ‘Mover and Shaker’ Executive Board Member for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Advocacy Director, Washington DC Library Association Library Corps District of Columbia Public Schools @Boss_Librarian ● Facebook ● Instagram ● Twitter ● YouTube 3
  4. 4. 4 The Four Career Paths of Librarians… ❏ Academic ❏ Public ❏ School ❏ Special Libraries
  5. 5. 5 ❏ Dr. Keith Curry Lane ❏ Dr. Ken Haycock ❏ Dr. Kafi Kumasi ❏ Dr. Stephen Krashen ❏ Dr. Joyce Valenza ❏ Deborah Kachel Top School Library Information Science Researchers
  6. 6. Today’s School Librarian... 1. Literacy Expert 2. Technology Guru 3. Curriculum Maven 4. Digital Citizenship Fellow 5. L-E-A-D-E-R 6
  7. 7. School Librarians Are the ‘Hidden Figure’ in your School 1. Establish a deep relationships with students. 2. We work quietly. 3. Our ‘reach’ is wide and long. 4. We ‘Just Do’ 5. We tolerate the stereotypes 7 Washington Teacher’s Union: Learning Doesn’t Stop: Lessons From Home
  8. 8. School librarians are very ‘passionate’ and sometimes very vocal about trends in K-12 education.
  9. 9. 1. Uninformed view of the role of the librarian and impact of the school library program. 2. Ignoring the multiple skills of the librarian. 3. Leaving the librarian off of leadership/curriculum teams. 4. Lack of financial support for the program. 5. Leadership that will not acknowledge that they need guidance around ‘how’ the librarian/library program can impact student achievement.
  10. 10. “School Librarians are the EQUALIZER in K-12 Education” 10
  11. 11. My Story... 11
  12. 12. Chicago Public Schools District Administration Office Wendell Phillips Academy High School
  13. 13. 13 Behind the Paws Crew Members with Education Secretary, Arne Duncan
  14. 14. Street Literature ….can be defined as a literary genre "where the stories, be they fiction or nonfiction, are consistently set in urban, inner-city enclaves. Street Literature of yesteryear and today, by and large, depicts tales about the daily lives of people living in lower income city neighborhoods. This characteristic spans historical timelines, varying cultural identifications, linguistic associations, and various format designations." The Readers' Advisory Guide to Street Literature, 2011, p. 2. Dr. Vanessa Irvin Morris
  15. 15. East St. Louis School District East St. Louis, IL District Administration Office
  16. 16. East St. Louis School District - 189 - Retrospective Conversion Project for 10 campus sites - 8 months - First time students checked out books. - As of June 1, 2017: 15,757 books were checked out 16
  17. 17. District of Columbia Public Schools Jefferson Academy
  18. 18. Jefferson Academy Washington D.C. Southwest 18
  19. 19. 19 A commitment to providing SERVICE
  20. 20. Virtual Learning and the Fight to Serve Students 20
  21. 21. 21 Keeping kids reading and connected in the virtual world
  22. 22. What The Last Couple of Months Have Taught Us… 1. In some school districts, some librarians are under utilized. 2. Some educators have adopted the view that librarians are only needed in a ‘brick and mortar environment. 3. There’s confusion about how school librarians can be utilized in the virtual world.
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  25. 25. Advocate 25 Activist #GoodTrouble 2016 School Library Journal Leadership Summit Washington D.C.
  26. 26. #BCALASchoolLibrarians
  27. 27. National and Local Support...
  28. 28. National and Local Support...
  29. 29. This Fight Is Not Easy... Pushing Through Adversity 1. Be mentally prepared 2. Take stock of what you’ve experienced already 3. Adversity provides valuable insight. 29 4. Embrace adversity as a chance for opportunity 5. Refuse to give up 6. Keep a positive mindset
  30. 30. - Get to know your school librarian - Advocate for librarians - Share stories of collaboration EveryLibrary Petition https://www.saveschoollibrarians.org/ How Can You Help...
  31. 31. Place your screenshot here 31 THANKS!