In Wisconsin, having a district library plan approved by the school board is a legislative requirement, but following a rule does not invite inspiration or provide a complete picture of why this work must be done. We have created a community of school librarians who inspire and guide each other through library planning. Working through the creation and implementation of library plans aligns the library program with school and district needs. It creates a pathway for advocacy, building positive relationships, and increasing the visibility and value of library programs throughout our state.
During the webinar, the guests shared how:
A library plan allows for telling important stories to administrators and board members, adding value and understanding of how a strong library program positively impacts students
Using The FRL Framework as your evaluation tool for your library program provides structure and intentionality
Wisconsin is building a supportive network for school librarians who often feel isolated in their work
Monica Treptow, School Library Media Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Jennifer Peterson, Library Media Coordinator, Menasha Joint School District (WI), (@mrsptrson)
Becky Ackermann, Library Director, Little Chute Area School District (WI)
Emily Zorea, Library Media Specialist, Ithaca School District (WI)
Shannon McClintock Miller, Future Ready Librarians®Spokesperson, Preschool–12 District Teacher Librarian and Innovation Director, Van Meter Community School (IA)(@shannonmmiller) (moderator)
The Future Ready Librarian strand is generously supported by Follett.