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Frontline Advocacy for Schools

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.

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.


  1. So not only are you possibly overworking in term time but you are now working in your vacation?
    What does your job description look like? Can you fulfill it in the hours you have available?

    Are you a teacher librarian, a librarian who sometimes teaches ? – hard to work out from what you just said.
    Are you talking about information literacy guidelines? or library timetables?

    Who does the main donkey work in the library?
    issuing, returning, chasing overdues, shelving, training library monitors or helpers, ordering reading material, taking care of technology, processing and aquisitioning? Tidying up after children and teachers, enforcing sensible behaviour and consideration of others?