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 Here's a very rough draft in Google Forms: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eh_jQg9iz1Zg9LobibBMTzMmthlUXx4GOdQjrzc...

Feel free to edit and enhance!

joyce

These are the kinds of questions that we could easily turn into a parallel document.

How about something like, what are the top 3/top 5 responsibilities of a school librarian? I'm trying to get at what we see as the most important things we do and then to ask our stakeholders to list what they see as important. Would it be better to provide a list that they would have to put in some kind of order?

Audience for two or more surveys--ourselves, school staff, parents/community, kids?

Potential Questions:

What is the first word you think of when you think about school librarians?  (short answer)

Do you think that your users' view of your profession has changed in the last 10 years? (yes/no button)

If so, has it changed for the better? (short answer)

Which of these brands do you associate (most?) with school libraries (check box or rank from 1-5) L4L, @yourlibrary,

Which of these skills do you associate with school librarian brand (rank from 1-10, with one being the strongest association):

  • expertise in research skills
  • expertise in technology skills
  • expertise in storytelling
  • expertise in readers' advisory/book recommendation
  • etc. etc. etc.

Which of these activities do you associate with the school library brand (rank from 1-10, with one being the strongest association):

  • instruction in digital literacy
  • promotion/availability of books and reading
  • creation of media products
  • reference services
  • student performance
  • use of computers/ipads/etc. for research
  • instruction in digital citizenship
  • gaming
  • collaborative student activites
  • collaborative work with classroom teachers
  • etc. etc. etc.

When a/your child is looking for a specific book to read, you are most likely to (choose any that apply or rank?)

  • buy and download it for them on an electronic device
  • order the print copy from an online book store
  • physically visit a book store
  • visit the public library
  • suggest your child borrows it from his or her school library

How aware are you of your school library/school librarian's online/virtual presence?

How available are school library services to you and your child/class?

What skills should a school librarian have?

What level of education should a school librarian have?

 

 

Joyce Valenza's picture

 

Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D.
Springfield Township HS Library
Phone: 215-233-6030 Ext. 2502 Fax: 215-836-5237
Cell: 215-518-1846
Library website: http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/
NeverEndingSearch (School

Joyce Valenza's picture

 

Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D.
Springfield Township HS Library
Phone: 215-233-6030 Ext. 2502 Fax: 215-836-5237
Cell: 215-518-1846
Library website: http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/
NeverEndingSearch (School

Marlene Woo-Lun's picture

Thanks, Everyone!  Good work. We'll post a summary of our meeting here soon!

Marlene Woo-Lun, Publisher

LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION

mwoo-lun@librarymediaconnection.com

Pamela Harland's picture

Could we ask a demographic-type question so we can differentiate the surveys that are actually answering these questions about a paraprofessional working in a library? We all know tons of people that refer to anyone working/volunteering in a library as a "librarian." Maybe this survey could somehow make that distinction? Any ideas?

Pam Harland
Sanborn Regional High School Library
NHSLMA President
@pamlibrarian on twitter

Jennifer Jamison's picture

I really like where the survey is heading. I need some clarification of what it is we are trying to identify--when I think of "brand" I think of things like (now I missed the discussion, so if this sounds stupid, please disregard)-I think of a tagline--like Folgers, McDonald's etc. What does Branding mean to us as school librarians? If I can hear from you on this, I may be less confused. 

Thank you,

Jennifer

Jennifer Jamison, Atlantic City, NJ

Judi Repman's picture

I find it so hard to wrap my head around business speak when it applies to education. I know that in higher ed many faculty resist application of things like "business model" to our profession. That said, here's how it's put in our Task Force Charge:

To determine what the brands “school librarian” and “L4L” and “@your library” mean to our customer base and stakeholders in current and potential new communities/markets (charter schools, home schoolers, etc.) and what additional strategies are needed to further define and develop the brands as a means to create value for them by differentiating ourselves and our services from competitors

 

Judi Repman Professor and Program Coordinator Director, Center for International Schooling Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA

Maribel Castro's picture

Happy Easter all!  

Finally buckling down and getting charged. Joyce, this is an incredible start, thank you! Like Jennifer I do like where survey is heading.

I've made the following are my thoughts and edits to the survey:

  • I understand by what we mean about "brand" but can't seem to wrap myself around "associate with school librarian brand."  I keep thinking "associate with school librarian duties or responsibilities." Silly? Just me?
  • Under "Which of these skills do you associate with "school librarian brand", I changed "expertise in readers advisory" to "expertise in children's and/or young adult literature.  Primarily,  I was concerned that not all those who can take this survey may not understand "readers advisory"
  • Under "Which of these activities do you associate with the "school librarian brand", I added "use of eReaders for e-book content"  This activity is now a big part of what we do and didn't want us to overlook it.  I'm not sure if it's worded well though.
  • If we can disaggregate the responses to "When a/your child is looking for a specific book to read, how likely are you to..." by the options to the first question "Who are you?" then I think we should keep the question. Otherwise we might want to consider rephrasing because of course your primary role dictates how it will be answered and the data may not be useful w/o disaggregation. Clear as mud?

 

Maribel Castro, Electronic Resources & Instruction Librarian
Lubbock Christian University Library
5601 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407
(806)720-7327

Jennifer Jamison's picture

Thanks Maribel..as the lightbulb is starting to go off. 

Jennifer Jamison, Atlantic City, NJ

Jennifer Jamison's picture

Lightbulb ON

Jennifer Jamison, Atlantic City, NJ