Institute for Educational Development

101 Best Strategies to Increase the Effectiveness and Impact of Your SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAM (Grades K-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Kathy Smith

Outstanding School Librarian and Presenter

Specifically Designed for School Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12

  • 101 best strategies to increase the effectiveness and impact of your school library program
  • The latest trends to maximize and update your library space
  • Timesaving tips that will increase your efficiency in responding to the diverse academic needs of students and school staff
  • Innovative ideas from the National School Library Standards and FUTURE READY Library Framework

Practical Strategies

The role of the school library media specialist continues to evolve. Once thought of as mere "keepers of the books" or presenters of good stories, they are now called upon to be academic collaborative instructors with expertise in developing 21st Century information literacy skills. In this NEW, timely and highly practical seminar, experienced school librarian and district leader Cathy Smith will share how to use a highly effective, multi-faceted approach to librarianship.

She will provide more than 100 innovative ideas, practical strategies and resources to increase the effectiveness and impact of your school library program. Cathy will share proven ways to better advocate for your school library to increase community and family partnerships. She will share proven ways to rethink collaborative projects and update library spaces to create a more future-ready, student-centered library environment.

You will leave this seminar with a plethora of practical, best practices for both the novice and the experienced librarian.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Increase the Effectiveness of Your School Library Program
    Learn how to make your library program more engaging and an essential part of the school … Take a look at what you are already doing, tweak it or try something new!
  2. Explore the Latest Trends in School Libraries — What Are They and Do You Need Them in Your Library?
    Makerspaces, coding, gaming, escape rooms, 3-D printers, STEM and STEAM activities are now in many libraries … Find out if you need to invest time learning about them, and money purchasing them
  3. Create a Library Space that is Inviting to 21st Century Learners
    It's not your grandmother's library anymore! Create changes that make your library pop in ways that are effective and inexpensive
  4. Utilize the Best Tech Tools that Will Engage Your Students and Support Their Learning
    Using technology does not have to be complicated … Learn the best apps that will meet specific educational needs of your students and teachers
  5. Find Out What a Future Ready Library Looks Like
    You have heard about Future Ready Libraries, but you will learn exactly what that means and how can you make your library more future ready
  6. Support Your Curriculum and Teach Information Literacy Skills at All Levels
    Discover powerful literature to captivate students while introducing subject-area content and information literacy skills
  7. Increase Interest in and Usage of Your School Library
    Making your library the "hub" of the school is easier than you think! Here's how!
  8. Promote Independent Reading with Students at all Levels
    We want our students to be good readers … Find ways to get them in the library and into a good book!
  9. Strengthen Your Students' Information Literacy Skills Using the National School Library Standards for Learners
    Be sure that what you are teaching is relevant, reasonable and worth remembering by understanding the new standards from AASL
  10. Receive an Extensive School Library Media Resource Handbook
    Leave the seminar with a comprehensive handbook that you will refer to in the days ahead to revisit ideas presented in this seminar … These current ideas, strategies and materials will strengthen and enhance your school library program

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • 101 of the best ideas for strengthening your entire school library media program
  • Tips to save time and energy so you are better able to work with students
  • The latest trends in school library services that would be most meaningful for your students
  • Ways to update your library and make it more student-centered
  • Proven ideas for creating a culture of reading for your school, beginning in the library
  • Tips for scheduling to maximize student learning
  • Examples of lessons based on National School Library Standards for Students
  • The most popular new apps and help in deciding which ones apply to your students' learning needs
  • Ways to use readily available data to tell the story of your library
  • How to gain greater support for your library program
  • Exemplary library policies that are inclusive, not exclusive
  • Engaging ways to attract student readers
  • Procedures that make daily library practices flow
  • Innovative ideas for updating project-based learning

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Extensive research and anecdotal records indicate that quality school library programs significantly impact student achievement. As a school librarian, co-teacher and district level library supervisor in a large, diverse school system, I know what it is like to have difficulty finding time to collaborate, plan, build a collection and meet the needs of teachers and learners. I have had the opportunity to learn, share and study best practices at every level.

My goal in this seminar is to provide you with a unique opportunity to take a look at your present practices and build on your successes. Examples of outstanding lessons, project-based unit ideas, school library redesign, and the latest tech trends will be presented. Our day will be filled with useful strategies and suggestions that will enable you to rethink your current practices, expand student-centered learning and enable you to effectively reach students, teachers and the entire learning community.

More than 100 strategies, resources and tips will be presented. I look forward to meeting you at the seminar and sharing practical ways to help make your school library services absolutely indispensable.

Sincerely,
Cathy Smith

P.S. This seminar will focus on the best, most current, extremely practical and student-centered ideas that you can begin using as soon as you return to your school!

Who Should Attend

School Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive School Library Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive school library resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Creative, clear and easy-to-implement ideas for increasing the effectiveness of your school library program
    • Ideas for initiating updates of your library space that are cost-effective and eye-catching
    • Information included on best practices, Future Ready Librarians, AASL National School Library Standards, ESSA, and advocacy
    • Technology tools you won't want to miss
    • Pointers for planning promotional events
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other school librarians interested in strengthening their school library program.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Cathy Smith will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own school library program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. 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.