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Getting the Most out of Your School’s Library Program. A model for the GECDSB. Susan Moroz Martha Martin Liz Golden Liz Geier. Paradigm Shift. Is your School Library Resource Centre timetabled as an Administrative Tool or Educational Asset ???.

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Getting the Most out of Your School’s Library Program

A model for the GECDSB

Susan Moroz

Martha Martin

Liz Golden

Liz Geier


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Paradigm Shift

Is your School Library Resource Centre

timetabled as an

Administrative Tool or Educational Asset

???


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School Library Information CentreThe most essential facility in your school

40 years of research has proven time and again that student achievement on standardized tests can increase by 3 to 15% if the School Library Information Centre (SLIC)

  • Is staffed by a full-time, qualified TL

  • Is open to students at any time during the school day

  • Has a TL who collaboratively plans and facilitates instructional units with teachers

  • Has a TL who teaches information literacy skills

  • Has a TL who provides in-service to other teachers


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The Media

School Libraries a Valuable Resource Toronto Star July 3, 2003

...a new study claims that provinces are ignoring a proven method for improving student literacy — school libraries. The study is the first Canadian in-depth look at the educational impact of school libraries.

Decline in School Libraries Worrisome Toronto Star July 6, 2003

"Increased student visits to the library correlates with higher test scores," he wrote. "Student achievement is higher in schools where the library is open all day and the teacher-librarian is on duty full-time."

The Missing Link Globe and Mail June 21, 2003

Studies show that an old-fashioned educational tool -- the school library -affects students' marks more than we think.


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Elementary Library Resource Initiative

The Elementary Library Resource Initiative (ELRI) project has provided you with the resources to have a basic library program.

  • An automated circulation system

  • an updated collection of resources

  • PD for your TL

  • A model for improving your SLIC to increase student achievement


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Higher Test Scores

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Diamond in the Rough

ELRI

The Model

  • Qualified TL

  • Time

  • Money

  • Collaboration

  • Info skills

Prior to ELRI


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Diamond in the Rough

Gold

What You Give

What you get

  • Basic custodial duties

  • student record maintenance (SIRSI)

  • item record maintenance (SIRSI)

  • automated circulation (including overdue and circulation reports)

  • collection development/maintenance

Silver

  • 5 periods admin time free of prep or supervision

  • Full budget allotment

  • Designated TL

Bronze

Diamond in the Rough

Prior to ELRI

ELRI has brought all libraries to this basic level. This level of admin staffing is required to operate the SIRSI automated system and to prevent the loss of the collection.


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Bronze

Gold

What You Give

What you get

Silver

  • Basic custodial duties

  • student record maintenance

  • item record maintenance

  • automated circulation

  • collection development/maintenance

  • Resource-based reading literacy activities

  • Resource-based Information Literacy activities

  • Qualified TL

  • Full budget allotment

  • 5 periods admin

  • Some time in library

  • Some time in other capacity

Bronze

Diamond in the Rough

Prior to ELRI

In this level, the TL performs some teaching duties outside of the SLIC but has most of his/her scheduled teaching periods in the library.


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Silver

Gold

What You Give

What you get

Silver

  • Basic custodial duties

  • student record maintenance

  • item record maintenance

  • automated circulation

  • collection development/maintenance

  • Resource-based reading literacy activities

  • Resource-based Information Literacy activities

  • Increased student access

  • SLIC open all the time

  • Greater control of collection

  • Qualified TL

  • Full budget allotment

  • 5 periods admin

  • All teaching performed inside SLIC

Bronze

Diamond in the Rough

Prior to ELRI

In this level, the TL performs all scheduled teaching duties inside the SLIC. There is no unscheduled time outside of admin and prep.


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Gold

Gold

What You Give

What you get

Silver

  • Basic custodial duties

  • student record maintenance

  • item record maintenance

  • automated circulation

  • collection development/maintenance

  • Resource-based reading literacy activities

  • Resource-based Information Literacy activities

  • Increased student access

  • SLIC open all the time

  • Greater control of collection

  • Resource-based cooperatively planned units

  • Integrated Information Literacy units

  • Specialist TL

  • Full budget allotment

  • 5 periods admin

  • All teaching performed inside SLIC

  • Some unscheduled time for collaboration

Bronze

Diamond in the Rough

Prior to ELRI

In this level, the TL performs all scheduled teaching duties inside the SLIC. There is some unscheduled time for collaborative units.


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Polished Diamond

What You Give

What you get

  • Basic custodial duties

  • student record maintenance

  • item record maintenance

  • automated circulation

  • collection development/maintenance

  • Resource-based reading literacy activities

  • Resource-based Information Literacy activities

  • Increased student access

  • SLIC open all the time

  • Greater control of collection

  • Resource-based cooperatively planned units

  • Integrated Information Literacy units

  • TL as curriculum leader

  • In-service for other staff

  • Specialized TL

  • Full budget allotment

  • Fully unscheduled time for collaboration

At this level, all of the Teacher Librarian’s time is unscheduled and all conditions necessary to increase student achievement have been met.

HIGHER TEST SCORES!


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Ascending the Pyramid

  • Do I have the right person in the TL position?

    • Qualified, or motivated to become qualified

    • Curriculum leader

    • Knowledge of children’s literature

    • Computer literate

    • Very positive relationship with staff and students

  • Do I give the the TL the full budget allotment and the autonomy to spend it on maintaining the collection?

  • Do I maximize my TL staffing allotment to ensure adequate time in the SLIC?


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Paradigm Shift

Is your School Library Resource Centre

timetabled as an

Administrative Tool or Educational Asset

???


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Quotations to Think About

“The most reliable indicator of a school’s quality is how much is spent on the library.”

Today’s Parent Magazine March 2003

“Public Schools that have well-stocked, well-funded libraries run by professionals and that involve the library in curriculum development, produce students that do significantlybetter in standardized testing.”

Globe and Mail June 10, 2002