Across the United States, school librarians are faced with cut-backs. Some librarians are asked to manage libraries in two or more buildings. Others are asked to teach classes in which they hold certification or are even placed in classrooms full-time. How can you position yourself and your library as indispensable—before cuts are announced?
Keeping a library program vital requires regular reflection about current practices and a willingness to implement changes that will position the library and library staff should they be threatened with elimination. Simply Indispensable: An Action Guide for School Librarians helps librarians do just that. The book begins with an explanation of the need to act and then offers a systematic approach to taking action. Each chapter is devoted to an active path: attracting patrons; interacting with teachers, parents, administrators, and the community; communicating; reacting to "situations;" working for reinstatement if the worst happens, and more.
The book covers advocacy—from the subtle exercise of developing excellent programs to the overt outreach of Legi-Days. Additionally, there is specific information about what to do when the RIF notice or pink slip arrives or if cuts are made, including how to properly close a library. After putting these actions into effect, school librarians will have a cadre of supporters ready to speak for them should the need arise.
• Ideas and templates to help librarians systematically bring library programs into the stakeholder's field of vision
• Quizzes to reinforce suggested actions
• Helps school librarians raise awareness so decision-makers will have a clear vision of the essential nature of the school librarian's role and how it is key to the success of the school as a whole
• Enables school librarians to follow a deliberate plan of action to effectively communicate their value and empower others to speak on behalf of the library
• Gives school librarians an exhaustive list of creative ways to get out of the library and increase their profiles
• Challenges teacher librarians to seriously examine their philosophies and evaluate all aspects of the library program, including the pros and cons of expanding the range of services they offer