How Is Your Library Transforming Your Community? Share Your Story!
To help make your job easier, we developed the Ideas + Inspiration site — a place to share programming tips, professional development resources and ideas for making the most of your library’s space. It’s also a place where you can learn from each other — just check out all the amazing library advocacy stories you’ve shared about your jobs and your libraries!
We know you’re continuing to do great things in your libraries every day, with dramatic results. Libraries transform, and for this reason, we’ve created a new set of questions to help you tell your stories and share your outreach ideas. We’d love to hear about how your libraries and your jobs have evolved and how you’re working to strengthen your communities.
To inspire you, we’ve compiled a list of advice shared by your fellow librarians:
Strive not to have the perfect library with all of your books placed neatly on shelves and students sitting quietly in rows. Strive to have a library that is bursting at the seams with knowledge and books everywhere!
Library Media Specialist
I think that school library media specialists and librarians need to advocate for their profession. Many people don’t realize all of the hats that we wear during the day and, therefore, can’t appreciate the impact we have on our students’ education. We need to become more vocal and visual in our schools and communities. We need to demonstrate how our programs are important for helping students to develop into curious lifelong learners and readers.
Advocacy. You must be your library’s best champion and cheerleader. You cannot hide your light under a bushel, or someone will turn off the lights and send us all home.
Become a teacher! Finding out the way that a classroom operates is the best way to understand how to serve that classroom. My undergrad studies were in elementary education at a college that operates in a state that still has one-room school houses. That training gave me a clear path as to how things interconnect.
Library Media Specialist
The best piece of advice I have is to always read. You can’t be a librarian without reading and appreciating the art of reading. You also have to stay up-to-date on current pop culture trends, technology and the news to be able to relate and help patrons who visit your library. You also want to build a rapport with your students or patrons and make them feel comfortable in the library and to see the library as a space for thinking and questioning.
Be the person who says yes, not no. One of my colleagues always says, ‘How hard could it be?’ when presented with a new idea. That’s a great approach to librarianship.
Your passion comes through in the stories you tell. It’s clear the work you’re doing is important and is creating positive effects — thank you to all the dedicated librarians who serve our communities!