Our district eliminated all but one certified library/media person, then technology instructors, then the technology paraprofessionals. Boy, did that leave teachers feeling abandoned! We've been able to retain library paraprofessionals, but the collaboration for information literacy and research skills just isn't there. I'd like to hear about some of the models other schools and districts are using now, as I know that reductions in these areas are going to be a fact of life, especially in rural and smaller districts.
What's working? Tell us about it! Please!
My name is Becky Russell, and I am the School Library Senior Consultant for CDE. We have just launched a major revision of the Colorado Power Library Program (link below).
We are encouraging any/all schools to participate. Basically, we hope that school librarians will download the competencies/rubric and go to their respective prinicipals and request to use this document as their yearly evaluation tool.
School librarians (together with their principals) would self-assess their program and, together with the principal, develop 2 or 3 school-aligned goals for the year for improvement.
I'm happy to tell you more about this program and how it might be helpful in helping to enlighten non-librarians as to the value of a "highly-effective" school librarian, and how it can increase student achievement.
Go to this link: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/LibraryDevelopment/SchoolLibraries/index.htm and click on "Power Libraries Retooled." My contact info is at the aforementioned link.