by Joan Kramer
The following arguments will help make the case to your administration that attendance at the November CSLA conference will benefit the entire school because:
1. You will save your school money in times of shrinking budgets.
- CSLA workshops and sessions provide time-saving, money-saving and innovative ideas that all teachers and students can use. There are links to math and science curricula that will save your school money in selecting the right program for your students. One workshop is titled “50 Free Online Reference and 2.0 Tools (K-12)” – with long-time expert Peter Milbury.
- You will learn new ideas from the workshops and sessions, and equally as important, from fellow teacher librarians whose expertise and experience in the field will enhance your ability to serve your teachers and students. Take a look at the conference preview for workshops.
- The many exhibits will give you an opportunity to review products and services that might fit the exact needs of your school. This networking with vendors is invaluable, often providing cost-saving solutions to some of your school’s needs.
- One of your important duties is selecting resources for your library and school, and the CSLA conference includes experts in Young Adult and Children’s literature. The book repair workshop is invaluable for those with restricted budgets.
- If you register before Sept. 30th, you will save even more money – between $35 and $45 for full registration.
- Innovative ideas, strategies, and technology that you learn at sessions and from colleagues will serve your users and help you manage your time more efficiently. These include many of the latest Web 2.0 tools and social networks that students enjoy and teachers need to know.
- Your network of library resources will grow from meeting people from all over California at the conference. Some of the benefits from past conferences have included connecting with the California State Library, resources from the University of California including the California Digital Library and Calisphere educator resources and UC educator resources, CTAP resources, etc. All of these are free resources that make you and your teachers more effective and provide additional resources for your students.
- Sometimes very simple ideas can enhance your efficiency as a Teacher Librarian – for example, learning from an experienced TL specific techniques to involve your administrators and teachers so that they utilize library resources and services more effectively.
- Learning from other TLs what has made their program successful can help you implement the new ideas, or adapt them to your own situation. We may think we cannot or do not have time to do something innovative until we learn how it was done by another TL.
- You will be more valuable to your school because you will have the tools to teach the Model California School Library Standards, Digital Literacy, Internet Safety, Cyber Safety for students, Copyright and more.
- Our advocates in Sacramento share important legislation that affects school library programs.
- The school library consultant to the California Department of Education recommends important ideas and strategies to support site library programs.
- Other TLs often have great ideas on how to make you INDISPENSABLE to your school, and district.
4. You will bring fresh new innovative ideas to your school that will energize your teachers and students and, most of all, YOURSELF!!
5. You will bring recognition to your school library and enhance its reputation by participating in professional development and showing your commitment to innovation and improving services to all stakeholders.
Promise yourself that when you return you will provide your administrator with a written report and share the information you learned from sessions, workshops, vendors, informal meetings and special events with your school staff.