ALA Unit/Subunit: AASL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Building and sustaining strong, positive relationships is at the core of everything school librarians strive to achieve. Taking a focused and deliberate approach in building relationships between the school librarian and students, teachers, administrators, the larger school community, and other librarians and educators is key. This session will share specific approaches, programs, and strategies to build connections with all library stakeholders in order to make the library program an integral part of a school’s learning community.
Topics will include:
Using programs such as Dot Day and Battle of the Books to foster community among students.
Fostering a student-centered physical library space where students feel welcome and empowered.
Collaborative planning, technology support, and co-teaching opportunities to strengthen relationships and build trust between librarians and classroom teachers.
Introducing teachers to new tools to help facilitate learning in classrooms.
Librarians serving as professional development leaders in their schools to support their administrators and serve as leaders in important school-wide initiatives.
Utilizing technology, digital spaces, and social media to ensure equitable access to the library’s digital resources.
Building a diverse and inclusive library collection where all students feel represented.