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1 ETL504 - Teacher Librarian as Leader Objective: Be able to relate issues in leadership theory and decision-making to the teacher librarian's role in the school. Submitted by Group 8: Sheila Antal, Kara Lawrence, Carey Leahy, Lauren Nicholl, Fiona O’Rourke

2 Leading the way: Mobilising stakeholders towards a holistic Information Literacy Policy Purpose: Quality Management and Transformational Leadership skills should be utilized to identify that a Teacher Librarian is best placed to effectively promote a holistic Information Literacy Policy, making them indispensable to the educational environment. Intended Audience: School Leadership and Executive (Principals, Deputies, Faculty Leaders)

3 Are you a visionary leader or a manager? Bring your school into the 21st C - be transformational. Stakeholders should work together to identify core values, directions and processes. Build community Quality relationships Effective Communication Collaborative decision making Affirmation as a conscious strategy (Goldberg & Cole, 2002)

4 Achieve Quality changes. A transformational leader can inspire and motivate individuals for the changes needed in an information-rich future. Establish student needs. Create collaborative teams. Pivotal teacher librarian can ‘lead from the middle’. (Ken Haycock, 2010) Continual reflection for improvement in all aspects.

5 It’s the Principal’s decision! Effective principals are collaborative leaders who facilitate the transformation of school culture in terms of: o vision building, o evolutionary planning, o empowering others, o resource mobilization, o and problem coping and monitoring. (D. Oberg, 2006)

6 Why Information Literacy? This is an information-rich digital age! We need 'new literacies' (Pam Berger, 2007) Establish Common understandings. Best practice / pedagogy. What is in place now? Where to progress to? Identify opportunity in curriculum. Utilize quality management strategies.

7 Embed Improvement. Entrust all stakeholders to work on the system. However - Teacher Librarian as information team leader has: Unique position with extensive contact throughout school. Ownership in delivery, process and results. Long term commitment to ensure success. Evaluate - Review system successes for continual renewal.

8 Change is the norm in education today! Influence by leadership / teacher librarian Information Literacy Goals Collaborative Practice Constructive reflection / discussion Team of teachers Through instructional partnerships the TL can influence the development of an effective school-wide information literacy policy.

9 Why the Teacher Librarian? Firstly – S/he is a teacher – a colleague who can effect favourable peer interactions through passion and vision. collaborative curriculum planning & implementation. instructional partner for staff & students offering pedagogical guidance. (Hay & Foley, 2009)

10 Secondly – S/he is a librarian – the person who manages acquisition & access to resources. Chooses print & digital information Ensures equitable & ethical use Builds literary culture Focus is on transforming information to knowledge through inquiry. (Hay & Foley, 2009)

11 There is a need for sustainable yet dynamic practises to be occurring if your school is to be relevant into the future. Considerable innovation is needed - resulting from all stakeholders working together to create a shared vision of future learning, and then to demonstrate the commitment to translate that into effective action plans. Are you that visionary leader?

12 Where can one find such a visionary leader to help implement this crucial policy? The answer is within schools and already working towards this… Your TL. KARA

13 TLs fulfill a number of roles on a daily basis which are pertinent to the success of the implementation of an Information Literacy Policy… KARA

14 As Instructional partner TLs are… Transformational Leaders within teams – model and assist in developing and implementing good instructional practice. Active leaders/learners within collaborative opportunities – utilise decision-making strategies to collaboratively plan and integrate innovative curriculum tools. (Dees, Mayer, Morin & Willis, 2010) KARA

15 Bibliography: Berger, P. (2011) Literacy and Learning in a Digital World in Hughes-Hassell, S. & Harada, V. (Ed) School Reform and the School Library Media Specialist. Goldberg & Cole (2002) Dees, D., Mayer, A., Morin, H. & Willis, E. (2010) Librarians as Leaders in Professional Learning Communities through Technology, Literacy, and Collaboration. Library Media Collection, 29(2), Retrieved from ebscohost. Hay, L. & Foley, C. (2009) School libraries building capacity for student learning in 21C. Scan Vol 28 No 2 May 2009 Haycock, K.(2010) Leadership from the Middle: Building Influence for Change. In Coatney, S (Ed) The Many Faces of School Library Leadership Oberg, D. (2006) Developing the respect and support of school administrators. Teacher Librarian, 33 (3),


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