group_project_book_pic_new_on_the_job.jpg1. Toor, Ruth. Weisburg, Hilda K. (2006). New on the job: A school library media specialists's guide to success. New York, NY: American Library Association.

ISBN: 978-0-8389-0924-9

New on the Job is meant to serve as a guide to new school library media specialists. The book offers practical advice like "although you were drilled in library school on the importance of collaboration with teachers, you may not have learned how to begin." The authors proceed to explain how to begin: basics, baby steps, becoming a partner, etc.

Topics covered:
  • Getting the job
  • Finding your way
  • Getting yourself organized
  • Reaching your students
  • Reaching your teachers
  • A matter of principals
  • Avocacy and you
  • Planning
  • Technology and you
  • Ethics, Standards and You
  • Looking forward, looking back

group_project_book_pic_fundamentals_of_slmm.jpg2. Martin, Barbara Stein. Zannier, Marco. (2009). Fundamentals of school library media management: A how-to-do-it manual. New York: Neal-Schuman.

ISBN: 978-1555706562

This book is a "practical tool that will help you fully understand and master the many services and skills involved in this profession". Many examples of best practices are accompanied by easy-to-follow diagrams and images, and a directory of essential sources and suppliers is packed with forms, resource lists and URL links to use.

Topics Covered:
  • Setting goals
  • Organization and time management
  • Communication with stakeholders
  • Budgeting
  • Circulation and inventory
  • Material selection, ordering and processing
  • Databases and websites
  • Collaboration and programming

group_project_book_pic_literacy_libraries_and_learning.jpg3. Asselin, Marlene. Doiron, Ray. (2005). Literacy, libraries and learning. Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers.

ISBN: 978-1551381961

This thought-provoking book discusses the literacy needs of students and the changing responsibilities of teachers and teacher-librarians in helping students to become better readers, writers, and researchers. The book offers a number of suggestions for re-inventing the school library — from promoting reading for learning and pleasure to supporting research methods that respect copyright and lead to original work to encouraging the integration of emerging technologies and traditional resources.

book.jpg4.Woolls, Blanche (2008). The school library media manager (4th edition). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

ISBN: 978-1591586432

This book for beginning teacher-librarians includes topics such as: advocacy, collection development, curriculum support, facilities, instruction, leadership, and technology.

dev_eval_slmp.jpg5. Nebraska Educational Media Association. (2000).Guide for Developing & Evaluating School Library Media Programs. (6th ed.) Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 978-1563086403.

An excellent resource for evaluating School Library Media Programs, based on the standards outlined in Information Power (ALA 1998). Focuses on the process of developing and evaluating the School Library Program. A new edition of this book will be available September 2010.

Topics covered:

  • Preparation of Media Personnel, Certification, and Continued Education
  • Learning & Teaching
  • Program Administration
  • Personnel and Evaluation
  • Resources & Equipment
  • Facilities
  • Numerous checklists and forms to assist in Evaluation Process
  • Taxonomies, Directory of Associations, & Online Resources

6. Johnson, Doug.(June 21, 2009). Starting off on the right foot. Doug Johnson writing, speaking and consulting on school technology and library issues blog. Retrieved from: http://www.doug-johnson.com/dougwri/starting-off-on-the-right-foot.html

This blog has information ranging from a checklist for building administrators to Becoming Indispensible (Librarians) to Starting off on the Right Foot - Beginning new jobs.

7. Bonanno, Karen. (October 31,2009). Successful school library advocacy. Karen Bonanno On School Libraries, Technology, & Creativity Blog. Retrieved from: http://www.karenbonanno.com.au/tag/library-advocacy/

Australian school library advocate, Karen Bonanno, produced a short video in October 2009 as apart of her campaign of, "Planned, deliberate and ongoing," advocacy for school libraries. She presents ideas for a Teacher-Librarian advocating for their library program, including: Promotional and Public Relations (ie. web page, signage, displays, etc.); Marketing Tools (ie. mini-surveys, research, needs assessment, etc.); and, Multi-Sensory considerations to help influence what people see, say and think about the library. Although the video gives concrete ideas and things to try, her entire website is full of great resources, information and ideas pertaining to Teacher-Librarians.

8. Yucht, Alice. (n.d.) Building your master calendar for the school year. Retrieved from: http://aliceinfo.squarespace.com/storage/building_calendar.pdf

This is a step-by-step article on how to create a library schedule by Alice Yucht, who teaches graduate courses for teachers and librarians in the Professional Development Program at Rutgers (NJ) University’s School of Communication, Information and Library Studies.

  • Note that this resource was sourced by posting a query on LM Net (See our Top Ten). The author responded almost immediately.

  • For those who prefer to have digital rather than paper-based schedules, you might consider using Alice Yucht's strategies in concert with a collaborative, cloud-based calendar program such as Google Calendar.

Complimentary planning resources
  • Google Calendar.
  • Create a Gantt chart (as recommended by Woolls in chapter 5 of The School Library Media Manager) in Google Docs. This tutorial will teach you how to do this (or pick a template from Google Docs). Note that instead of clicking "add" to get the Gadget menu, you must now click "insert" to find Gadgets.

9. AASL toolkits and resource guides for teacher-librarians:

10. Poelzer, Tracy.(n.d.) Retrieved from the Wonderful Web 2.0 Tools Wiki: http://techitupwebtools.pbworks.com.

Tracy Poelzer is a Teacher-Librarian in Kamloops, B.C. and a leader in implementing technology into her library program while collaborating with staff. The wiki she has created lists several Web 2.0 Tools available online and gives examples of how she has used these tools with her students. She is constantly updating her wiki with new tools and information relevant to Teacher-Librarians.