Advocacy Resources

 

Being an Effective Advocate: Basic Tips and Points on:

 

Talking

 

  • Do:
    • Share how library media centers and library media specialists support and enhance:
      • classroom instruction
      • local curriculum
      • state content standards
    • Impart the role school libraries play in fostering literacy.
      • promoting reading
      • providing books
      • helping teachers find and select books for students
    • Include stories about how library media center resources and library media specialists impact and support:
      • student learning and achievement,
      • teacher instruction and continuing education,
      • administrators, and/or
      • the community.
    • Emphasize student learning by telling:
      • about teacher and library media specialists collaborations and about the meaningful integration of information skills into the curriculum
      • what information literacy is and involves,
        • problem solving and critical thinking skills
        • organizational skills
        • reading for content skills
        • technology skills
        • group process skills
        • communication skills in a variety of symbol systems
        • evaluation skills
      • why information literacy is important to the future of students, and
      • how the library media specialist and center are instrumental in teaching information literacy skills to students and teachers.
    • Share stories about how library media specialists are technology leaders in schools.
    • Include the role of library media specialists as professional development providers.
    • Include quotations from students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
    • Rememberwhen talking about Ohio's educational standards:
      • The Operating Standards are for schools. They are the rules.
      • The Content Standards are for curriculum.
  • If addressing the differences between public libraries and school libraries, speak to differences :
    • in the nature of their educational programs (type of emphasis)
    • expertise
    • experience
    • resources

 

Writing

 

  • Do:
    • Write a positive and professional letter.
    • Thank the organization for past and future support.
    • Write an original letter. Avoid using a form letter.
    • Keep the letter short.
    • Share pictures of students using the library media center.
    • Include URLs for school Web resources generated by library media specialists.
    • Include quotations from students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
    • Use resume type stationary, if possible.
    • Include your name, return address, and phone number.
    • Again, say thank you.
  • Avoid:
    • Sending a form letter.
    • Whining.
    • Using jargon.
    • Starting the letter with statistics.
    • Sending an e-mail.

 

Presenting

 

  • Do:
    • Be positive!
    • Limit length of presentation.
    • Begin presentation by giving your name.
    • If providing handouts, make sure there are enough copies.
    • Be clear - avoid using jargon.
    • Be prepared to answer questions

 

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