Friday, September 21, 2007

Cat Ladies

My rose-colored glasses have fogged over. I've just realized that my boss is a cat lady (although I don't think he'd be happy to hear so.) He is the cat lady, and the teachers are the cats. He keeps his 50 +/- cats under his tight care because, of course, no one could take better care of them than he.
It doesn't matter that the cats are climbing all over each other to get what few resources are available, or that there are hurt and festering and starving cats all over the place. He refuses help from the outside because, of course, no one can take better care of the cats than he. Even if he is aware that there are cats in need, which I am not sure that he realizes, he thinks no one can provide the love and care that he does. So he keeps his cats hidden from others to prevent anyone from finding out his flawed caretaking, especially since he thinks others' caretaking abilities would inevitably be more flawed and damaging to the cats than his are.
As time goes on, the cats just get weaker or die off, while a few of the lucky ones manage to escape and run away. The cat lady just brings in more cats to replace former cats.
...more on this analogy later... or not

Thursday, July 19, 2007

School Library Advocacy Syllabus

School Library Advocacy Syllabus

"School Library Advocacy for Administrators" is a five-week, online training program for school administrators aimed at increasing background knowledge and understandings of the role a quality school library media program plays in the academic success of students. Taught by Debra E. Kachel, Adjunct Instructor, from Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, it was initiated with federal grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

You go, Debra!

For a copy of Debra's Knowledge Quest article summarizing pre- and post-surveys from the 2003 course, click on Partners for Success: A School Library Advocacy Training Program for Principals

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Assessing Learning/Librarians And Teachers As Partners

Assessing Learning/Librarians And Teachers As Partners

"Focusing on the role of library media specialists in assessing student learning, this is the first full-length book written to address its practical application in the school library media center. ... Though this topic appears in the theoretical literature and is addressed in journal articles or chapters in contributed books, this is the first practical in-depth analysis for the school library field."

Libraries Unlimited | Harada, Violet H. and Yoshina, Joan M. | 2005 ; ISBN 10: 1591582008 ; ISBN 13: 9781591582007

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What I'm Reading Now...

First, yeah, a whole school year has gone by. Considering the [professional] year I had, I'm glad I didn't blog... youda thunk someone stomped on my rose-colored glasses!

Right now I'm reading "The Blue Book on Information Age Inquiry, Instruction and Literacy" by Daniel Callison and Leslie Preddy. Not your usual nightstand novel, but it motivates me to keep plugging away. You know the saying, "Take what you can and leave the rest"? Well, 660 pages is a bit much to absorb - tho' I am keeping the Avery write-on, self-adhering indexing tabs people in luxury cars and tropical vacations - but I love the fact that the book has theory and practical application mixed together.