“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just,
you have to speak up. You have to say something;
you have to do something.”
Representative John Lewis
(Cited in Moreillon 2021, 168).
Are you registered for the upcoming ABC-CLIO-sponsored webinar “Core Values in School Librarianship: Collaborating for Social Justice”?
If so, we look forward to having a conversation with you. If not, well… it’s not too late – and it’s free!
Registration – 7/2/21- Find the recording and the handout at:
Core Values in School Librarianship: Collaborating for Social Justice
(The recording is available for two weeks courtesy of ABC-CLIO/School Library Connection. Better yet, why not join the SLC Community?)
Let’s explore how school librarians’ core values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and intellectual freedom are foundations for our work toward enacting social justice in our libraries and throughout our school communities. Let’s think together and discuss why collaborating with library stakeholders and advocacy are essential if our efforts to spread social justice are to succeed.
Please join Core Values in School Librarianship: Responding with Commitment and Courage (Libraries Unlimited 2021) contributors Peter Langella, Suzanne Sannwald, and Kristin Fraga Sierra as they share how they have integrated social justice practices through applying their school librarian core values. Moderated by yours truly, this will be a lively and thought-provoking conversation!
About the Program
What value statements guide school librarians as we meet challenges such as equitable access and opportunity gaps?
Although school librarians and classroom educators share values such as collaboration, innovation, and literacy as a path to school success and lifelong learning, we have a unique set of values that positively impact the entire learning community: equity, diversity, inclusion, and intellectual freedom. It takes commitment and leadership to enact school librarian core values. It also takes courage to stand up for social justice in our school communities.
This roundtable is intended as a sharing and discussion with Q&A. Who should attend?
- Of interest to practicing school librarians and library students
- Discuss how leadership and collaboration go hand in hand
- Get and share ideas for leading in a values-centered learning community
These are some of the questions we may have the opportunity to explore during our 40-minute webinar:
- What are some of the actions school librarians have taken to ensure access and to close gaps for all students, classroom educators, and families?
- What are some potential barriers to working in accordance with core values and how might you navigate them?
- How do you sustain this work? How do you balance “doing enough” with also caring for your own mental and emotional well-being?
- What strategies have you used to turn your library into a hub for courageous conversations?
- In what ways do our school libraries reinforce inequities and injustices by choosing what we remain silent about?
- How have our students shown their investment and advocacy for the work of their school library and literacy in their communities?
- Why is collaboration with administrators, colleagues, and others essential to our success?
Listen in and use the chat during the 40-minute discussion by the presenters followed by a ten-minute Q&A. We want to hear about your work, respond to your questions, and elevate the conversation about the impact of school librarians’ core values on learning and teaching in schools as we reach for social justice.
Moreillon, Judi. Ed. 2021. Core Values in School Librarianship: Responding with Commitment and Courage. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.