Increasing the Effectiveness of Your School Library Program:
Creative, Inviting, Budget Friendly Ideas
Presented by Deborah B. Ford
Specifically Designed For: School Librarians, Public Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12
Creative ideas for increasing the effectiveness of your entire school library program
- Current strategies for creating an inviting library environment
- Cost-efficient ideas for making the best use of your time, funding and space
- Titles and suggestions to help you create the best possible collection of literature for your library
- Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with ideas designed specifically for school library media centers
Practical Ideas and Strategies
In this exciting seminar, Deborah B. Ford, an award-winning library media teacher, will share how to increase the effectiveness of your school library media program and create an inviting, thriving environment where students want to return again and again. Deborah will provide you with numerous cost-efficient ideas to help you maximize your time and resources. Learn how to rearrange the areas within your library to accommodate a multitude of simultaneous activities.
Deborah will share her organizational secrets that allow you to spend more time with students and less time on discipline and classroom management. Ideas for effective use of educational websites and technology, how to assemble the best collection of young adult and children’s literature, and how to boost student reading and learning are just a few of the topics that will be discussed.
Join Deborah for an inspiring day filled with practical tips that will strengthen and enhance your school library program. This seminar is most appropriate for library media specialists, support staff and administrators who are looking for ways to create a progressive, inviting library environment.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
Creative Ideas for Enhancing Your Entire Library Program
Learn practical, creative, state-of-the-art strategies to strengthen and enhance your library program
- Specific Ideas to Save You Time, Money and Space
Discover ways to save time and money so you can focus on tasks that will make a positive difference in your library program … Also included are space-saving ideas to create a welcoming, user-friendly environment
- Broaden Your Knowledge About the Current Copyright Laws
Strengthen your knowledge and awareness of the copyright laws for both printed materials and web-based information … Help teachers and students learn what they can and cannot copy for educational purposes
- Practical Strategies for Collaboratively Developing Curriculum with Teachers
Tried-and-true methods for working cooperatively with classroom teachers to incorporate the necessary information literacy skills students will need to be successful in the 21st Century workplace … Strategies for incorporating information literacy skills throughout the curriculum
- Extend and Increase Your Literature Collection
Receive valuable lists of the most current books for children and young adults … Learn where to find the best booklists and which websites are the best for research and K-12 curriculum
- Boost Your Students’ Interest in Quality Literature
Explore innovative ways to increase students’ interest in quality literature … Learn how to effectively use book talks to increase students’ desire to read
- Support Reading and Writing Instruction
Create numerous opportunities for supporting reading and writing instruction with your library program … Receive a multitude of ideas for helping students meet and exceed literacy standards
- Enhance Your Library Website to Support Instruction
Develop a library website that supports literacy instruction and provides a communication tool for your program … Help your students and school staff easily access the vital information they need, whether they are at school or at home
- Effectively Manage Your Time
Learn how to effectively manage your listserv, e-mail and mail … Simple, timesaving tips to help you manage your time so you can work smarter, not harder
- Receive an Extensive School Library Media Resource Handbook
Leave with a resource manual filled with the newest, most current ideas, strategies, and materials for strengthening and enhancing your library program
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
The latest ideas for strengthening your entire school library media program
- Creative ways to collaborate with classroom teachers
- How to make the most of your library budget
- Strategies for boosting the reading and writing skills of your students
- How to most effectively use volunteers and student helpers
- Practical ideas to make your library media center the hub of your school’s instructional program
- The best free or inexpensive resources to increase your library collection
- How to motivate students to read and enjoy quality literature
- Resources and methods for helping you stay current in the ever changing library/media field
- Specific strategies for networking with colleagues in your district, region, state, and nation
- Tips for planning a successful library media center event
- Effective time-management and organizational strategies for the school library media center
- Proven strategies for teaching information literacy skills
- Innovative ways to promote your library media program to the school and community
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
In a time when there is a lack of funding for materials and a lack of funding for staff assistance and credentialed library media teachers, those of us who are already in the workplace have found that we must prove our worth in order to maintain our budgets and our existence. As library media teachers, we hold the key to information literacy and the secret to successful students. We know that libraries change lives. To prove that we are truly the “hub of the school,” we must be a place that draws students and teachers into the information age.
As school librarians, we are also teachers. We must learn smarter ways to collaborate with teachers. We must learn new ways to encourage children to read. We must create an environment that encourages our patrons to return with enthusiasm. We must learn to compete in a “bookstore-chain” world. I believe we have the resources we need to secure our place in education.
At this seminar, we will focus on how to create a media center that makes the best use of the space we are given by learning new ways to organize our resources. Ideas for utilizing your budget to the fullest, creative solutions for ordering materials and solving staffing issues will be presented. Programming and marketing are also a vital part of the school library media center; we will gather new ideas and tweak old ones.
Whether you work at an elementary, middle, high school, or public library, this seminar will provide you with the motivation, strategies and resources to ensure that your school media center lives up to its potential without leaving you exhausted. I look forward to sharing numerous ideas with you at the seminar!
Deborah B. Ford
P.S. This seminar will focus on practical, budget-friendly ideas that can easily be implemented in your library media center.
Who Should Attend
Educators serving grades K-12: School Media Specialists, Public Librarians, Library Assistants, and Administrators.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
Creative, easy-to-implement ideas for strengthening your library media program
- Instructional strategies for teaching library research skills
- Ideas on how to make your library media center the hub of your school’s instructional program
- Ways to work smarter, not harder
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other librarians interested in increasing the effectiveness of his/her school library program.
Deborah Ford will be available at the seminar for consultation to answer your individual questions about the unique needs of your own library media center.
Semester Credit Option
Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of a follow-up practicum project. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.