SLCP FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIANS
In October of 2018 Dr. Jen Cannell, Jill Leinung and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich presented at the annual School Library Journal Summit in Brooklyn, NY. To a national audience they spoke about the opportunity to make "good trouble" by focusing on the triple bottom line of sustainability through professional practice, curriculum design, and community outreach.
Last month, Jen and Jill were able to bring a more specific message to NY librarians at the annual NYLA-SLS conference in Syracuse. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the Sustainable Library Certification Program for school librarians. This custom benchmarking program was co-created by the hard work of Dr. Jen Cannell, Jill Leinung, Annie Gersztoff, Geoff Kirkpatrick, and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. The team designed this with school librarian’s in mind, with a scope towards the librarians role and to assist librarians to make the case that they are essential partners in the schools in which they work and contribute. The process is two steps using the School Library Program Rubric and custom benchmarks created by the benchmark team. The custom benchmark subtopics are Partnerships and Community Involvement, Leading Beyond the Library, Social Equity and Resilience, Curriculum and Collections.
“We were thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response that we received from school librarians and school library system directors at the SSL Conference. I think school librarians are eager to reflect on their practice and to challenge themselves in new ways.”—Jen Cannell
To learn more and to become a member of the first cohort, please contact Jen Cannell at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is anticipated that this work will begin in August.