Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tooting Our Horn

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Tonight was a big night for our media specialists. We were added to the agenda for our school board's May meeting. Many of the media specialists were able to attend the meeting which really makes me happy. We received a lovely introduction from our Director of Elementary Education. She mentioned our district technology professional development and how well our group has worked together and inspired her this year. I told the board about the state Library Snapshot Day, our 100% participation for our district and a brief explanation of the day. We shared the Animoto video created that includes data and pictures from our Snapshot Day. I explained that research shows a school library staffed by a certified media specialist has a positive impact on student achievement and that we see this illustrated in our libraries every day with our students. Finally I thanked the board, our district administration and our school administrators for supporting school libraries and our efforts to serve our students. Our superintendent stated his support for the media center as the hub of the school and thanked us for our hard work. Several board members reiterated his thoughts. There were three members of the press present and taking notes so hopefully this will make the school report in our local papers.
Overall I believe our presentation was a success. We only took about five minutes of their time, but I feel we made a positive impression. I even had a few administrators asking how I made the video.
I encourage others to share their Snapshot data with the school or district administrators. They love good news and it showcases our value and contributions. I would love to hear how others share their Snapshot data.

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