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SKJ4ALA

I am running for American Library Association President and would welcome your ideas, suggestions and concerns.

To contact me off-blog, feel free to e-mail me at  either my personal e-mail <skjohns@gmail.com> or my campaign e-mail <skj4ala@gmail.com> 

I'd love to hear from you--Sara

 

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Thursday
Oct082009

GOOD question!

Today I heard from a school librarian friend who congratulated me on my candidacy and then asked me a serious question. How do I see myself able to be ALA President and not be unfair to my students and faculty? The person asking is a very good librarian who sometimes does conference and professional development presentations that take her out of her library and she is somewhat uneasy herself.

I let her in on my secret. If I hear that I win the election on May 1, my retirement papers will go in the next day. (I am eligible to retire and can do so anytime). My school is really good about my professional days, but I want to be more flexible than I can be while working. After I do that, I will hire a cleaning person for my house.I want to clear the way to do a good job for libraries.

I appreciate the opportunity for a school librarian to speak for ALA. representing all librarians. I know that my background as a public library trustee and as an adjunct professor for 19 years gives me that focus.

My husband is on a boat trip with his bandmates from Double Axel. They started in the Thousand Islands near the Canadian border and they are currently docked in Cape May, NJ, headed across the Cheasapeake Bay tomorrow morning. Last night when Frank called, he asked what I was doing and, when I told him about working on a design for an eye-catching sticker for badges at conferences, Alex volunteered to work on it for me. A couple of hours later, he sent me one that was new, not a clean-up of the one I was working on. I sure appreciate his taking that out of my hands. Sent to a local store this morning, the design was translated and stickers were ordered.

Here is the sticker, ready to catch eyes and encourage support. They will be done by Monday and packed for my 7.5 hour trip to Niagara Falls and the New York Library Association annual conference. I'm looking forward to getting ideas and concerns from my NYLA friends.

All of this was done around the fun of the seventh grade Native American project, sixth graders working on summarizing current events articles from databaes and citing them for their CNN Live project where they are newscasters, and planning for the astronomy project that starts tomorrow.

 

 

 

Sunday
Oct042009

October is Information Literacy Month!

President Obama has declared October as Information Literacy Month and has issued a proclamation: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-National-Information-Literacy-Awareness-Month/

At the School Library Journal Summit, I read it as part of my wrap-up speech and school librarians were once again disappointed that there is not a direct acknowledgement of the school librarian's role as teachers of information literacy. (We get weary of seeing ourselves in reports like the recent Carnegie report on  improving adolescent literacy, Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Literacy for College and Career Success, but not being mentioned.) President Obama does mention the role of libraries: "At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries and universities, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise."

That IS what libraries do--public, academic and certainly school libraries. We can own this; we can make it ours. We can print this off, make a display, send a message out on our intranet so all our colleagues know, write a press release for the local media, send it out on the state library listserv. It's an advocacy tool, another for our toolbelt, and can be this week's promotion of our library programs. Promotion has to be deliberate and persistent to gain the advocates we need to speak for us.

Speaking of that Carnegie report, YALSA President Linda Braun has posted a strong response. That oversight is not one we can overlook.

 

Friday
Oct022009

Here we go! SKJ4ALA is launched

Well, it's public now. I am running for ALA president, an opportunity to represent all libraries, librarians, library workers and trustees, using the resources and tools of ALA to have a LOUD voice.

School Library Journal published an announcement yesterday and I am going to be busy here in DC at their Leadership Summit, but I will love to hear from people with their ideas for what ALA can do for them, how it can make a difference. I KNOW ALA can.

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6699587.html  Thanks to my son Ryan for the new picture! My baby website is up but more will be added to it soon. I am hoping that between the blog and the website, I will hear from a lot of people with ideas and concerns.

Stay tuned.