ISLMA Professional Resources
- Act for School Libraries
A national coalition of school librarians, library school faculty, and others with a passion for students and great library programs sharing resources and ideas.
- Advocacy Guru
Stephanie Vance was the speaker at the 2009 ISLMA Conference Awards Banquet. She has lots of info on her site in regards to working with Congress but the basic advice is for all types of advocacy.
- ALA. Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education
Presents research and statistics on the impact of libraries grouped by the stages (preschool, kindergarten-middle school, and teens) of child development and education.
- ALA. Legislative Action Center
This is a good site to respond to “hot” issues, find your legislator, and other library advocacy items.
- American School Board Journal Archives
The archives are accessible with a subscription or individual articles can be purchased. Highly recommend “The Future of Libraries” from the January, 2010 issue. If your school board members are also members of the American School Board Association, they receive this publication. This may also be accessed via online periodical databases. Good article emphasizing the need for good school library programs and certificated staff.
- California School Library Association. Campaign for Strong School Libraries
Campaign is new in 2011 and is an excellent resource for ideas for local advocacy.
- Congressional Information Portal
This is the site for all things pertaining to the U.S. Congress. Official websites for the members of congress, the committees, bills, resolutions, it’s all here. Site also includes information for classroom teachers so share this with them.
- Illinois General Assembly
Your go to site for all things pertaining to the state legislature. Find bills and state statutes, schedules for both House and Senate, bios and contact information for members of both chambers, even links to audio and video of the day’s actions when they are convened.
- Illinois Library Association Library Advocacy
Pamphlet is an overview of the advocacy process for all types of libraries.
- Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog—“Is Your Job on the Line and What You Can Do About It”
Be sure to read the comments and use the links provided to previous posts by Doug.
- Doug Johnson Blue Skunk Blog—“Budgeting for Mean, Lean Times”
This is the first of series of blog postings on budgeting that has nuggets of how to use the budget process in advocacy.
- Kansas Association of School Libraries Advocacy Downloads
Collection of pdf files, although specific to Kansas can be used as examples for your own pamphlets.
- Library Research Service School Library Impact Studies
This is the go-to place for the information on the school library studies by Keith Curry Lance and associates.
- New York Library Association SLMS Crisis Toolkit
Lists even more sites with advocacy ideas—including the ISLMA website!
- School Library Advocacy
- School Libraries Work! 2008 ed.
This is a good summary of the school library studies that emphasize the value of school libraries and certified librarians in student learning.
- The Shy Person's Guide to Lobbying by Doug Johnson
Kramer, Pamela K. and Linda Diekman, "Evidence Assessment Advocacy," Teacher Librarian, 37:3. February 2010.
Find resources on Materials Challenges/Censorship, LMC 2.0, and Access and Diversity:
Share concerns, post questions, and learn about events and news:
IL Content Area Standards
IL Professional Leader Standards (Professional School Leader Standards)
Illinois Licensure Testing System
Illinois Licensure Testing System Study Guide for Library Information Specialist (Code 175)
Library Information Specialists
ISBE Educator Licensure
Professional Development Standards
Illinois Professional Teaching Standards
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Site
Where to take LIS courses
OWL at Purdue
NoodleBib - an online bibliography maker
Landmarks Son of Citation Machine
21st Century Information Fluency Project
Buzzo, Toni. "Using Communication to Solve Roadblocks to Collaboration." Teacher Librarian (June 2004) 31.5
Johnson, Peggy. Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. "Upgrading the K-12 Journey through Curriculum Mapping: A Technology Tool for Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists, and Administrators." Knowledge Quest (November/December 2000) 29:2.
Loertscher, David V. and May Lein Ho. Collection Mapping in the LMC. San Jose, CA: Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 1996.
Evaluation of Web Sites
Baule, S. M. (2007). Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers, Linworth Publishing.
Bolan, K. (2009). Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover. 2nd ed. ALA Editions.
Design Share: Designing for the future of learning
Erikson, R. & Harkuson, C. (2007). Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future. ALA Editions.
Haggans, M. (1998). 14 Ways to Get Better Performance from Your Architect. School Planning & Management, 37 (3), 24-27. (Dated but excellent source for those new to the process)
Hart, T. L. (2006). Top Ten List of Library Facility Technology Issues. Library Media Connection 24 (4): 46-47.
Johnson D. (2009) Some Design Considerations.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Illinois Education Sites
Chicago Public Schools
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois Learning Standards
Illinois School Code
Online Schools in Illinois
Bell, Mary Ann. 2007. The Elephant in the Room: School Districts Nationwide Are Voluntarily Filtering the Filters- And No One Is Talking about It. School Library Journal 53, no.1 (January), 40-42.
Harris, Frances Jacobson. 2009. Ethics from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0: Standing Outside the Box. Knowledge Quest 37, no. 3 (January/February), 56-61.
Magid, Larry. 2009, July 9. Should Schools End Internet Safety Nights? SafeKids.com.
Online Predators: The Media Show
Protecting Your Kids on the Internet
Consumerprotect.com: Protect your kids online
The Essential Teen Internet Safety Guide by USDish
360 Total Security Internet Safety and Security for Kids
How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone This is a resource from a cellphone company in Great Britain and does advertise their services. It is meant for parents but has very good information.
The Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety (Every Cloud Technologies Ltd.)
Consumer Affairs reviews of antivirus software
Safe Stars: Internet Safety Tips for Kids
Internet Safety for Kids provided by MONEYSAVEPRO
The Concerned Parent’s Toolbox – 120 Tools and Tricks to Protect Your Kids
Best Antivirus Software for 2017 from MONEYSAVINGPRO
These are some places to look but the listings are probably not totally inclusive. Each Regional Office of Education and Illinois Library System has its own policy and responsibility for the job postings.
Illinois Education Job Bank
Illinois Regional Offices of Education
Librarian Job Postings for the Midwest
RAILS Jobs Board
Developing a Relationship with Your Legislator
Illinois General Assembly
Illinois Library Association
ALAWON - ALA Washington Office Electronic Newsline; find out the latest on legislation being discussed in Congress.
CIPA - The Children's Internet Protection Act - ALA's website deals with current laws and restrictions.
A joint project funded by ILA, ILSDO, and ISLMA
for state issues
for contacting Congress on federal issues
for contacing Illinois General Assembly
Librarian Links :
Leadership Continuum Checklist
Online Resources for School Librarians
21st Century Information Fluency Project (Illinois Math and Science Academy)
School Libraries on the Web - Peter Milbury's site
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Lincoln Legacy Learning Kits
Creighton, Peggy Milam. (2007) Mentoring a New Library Media Specialist: a Model Relationship. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 24(4), 25-28.
Meloni, Christine. (2006) Mentoring the Next Generation of Library Media Specialists. Library Media Connection, 24(4), 32-33.
Online Journals and Discussion Groups
Quantitative Guidelines for School Libraries
Utah School Library Media Programs --standards from Utah State Office of Ed.
Pennsylvania Guidelines for School Library Programs (scroll down to School Library Resources)
Resources for School Librarians - a mega site with state and national guidelines and standards from many states. This site is maintained by Linda Bertland, retired school librarian.
Ohio Department of Education-Library Guidelines
Research on School Library Media Programs
The Library Research Service provides a one-stop resource to connect with school library research
Powerful Libraries Make Powerful Learners: The Illinois Study
Student Learning Through Wisconsin School Library Media Centers
Idaho School Library Impact Study
School Libraries Work! is a research foundation paper that collects position statements and research findings on the impact that school libraries and school library information specialists have on student achievement. This booklet, in PDF format, is an easy-to-read and understand summary of the research.
Stephen D. Krashen, author of The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, includes information in his books and website on the importance of providing students with a print-rich environment.
Resources for Keeping Up
From library people:
From other folks:
Web 2.0 Goes to School
Hargittai, E. 2010. Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses among Members of the "Net Generation." Sociological Inquiry. 80 (1): 92-113. The take-home message from this study is that young people don't actually know everything about the digital world. They need our guidance to learn literacy in this realm as well.
Ito, Mizuko, et al. 2008. Digital Youth Research: Kids' Informal Learning With Digital Media, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Available: http://digitalyouth.ischool.berkeley.edu/report-announcement. A synthesis of the findings of 22 different case studies revealing how young people learn, create, and collaborate online.
Lenhart, Amanda, May 13, 2009. Cyberbullying: What the Research Is Telling Us... Presentation at the National Association of Attorneys General Year of the Child Conference, Pew Internet and American Life Project. Keep an eye on anything produced by the Pew Internet and American Life Project!
National School Boards Association, 2007. Creating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social - and Educational - Networking. Available: http://www.nsba.org/site/docs/41400/41340.pdf. In its conclusion, this study urges educators to reexamine policies regarding social network tools and find ways to harness their value for educational purposes.
Wolak, Janet, David Finkelhor, Kimberley J. Mitchell, and Michelle L. Ybarra, February 18, 2008. Online "Predators" and Their Victims: Myths, Realities, and Implications for Prevention and Treatment. American Psychologist, 63 (2): 111-128.