During this winter vacation, I am supposed to be writing new guidelines for my teachers and staff for my middle school library. My principal is encouraging me to do this because <gasp> it is possible that I am working too hard, teaching too much, and trying to please too many people at once.
He may have something there because I spent the first week of vacation recovering from infections throughout my body for everything from bladder to ears and in between. You know that teachers keep going and don’t stop to rest until vacations. We librarians are so busy serving other people that sometimes we forget to watch out for ourselves.
So, now I am trying to plan a new guide, a new schedule, and still balance the need for collaboration, teaching, and library service. While I’m planning this, I am integrating concepts from AASL’s Learning for Life, our national standards, and the ALA Frontline Advocacy resources for schools. http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/advocacy/advocacyuniversity/frontline_advocacy/frontline_school/index.cfm
I was impressed with the Ten Action Steps for Frontline School Advocacy and the Six Good Excuses that Won’t Work. What other sources would you use to incorporate in a new library guide for your faculty? Please share.