Methods to Assess Learning in the Library Media Center

Are You Ready to Rumble?

Is your school library program worth fighting for?  Is it worth preventing a fight for its preservation?

Folks, you REALLY don’t want to see an angry librarian.  If you thought he was angry when he had to straighten the display you knocked over in your hasty exit to avoid being tardy for class, think again. If you thought she was angry when you couldn’t find that overdue book in your locker or bookbag or room, think again.  If you thought he was going to hit the ceiling when you used a proxy to get around the Internet filter, think again.

Try telling the librarian that her budget, program, or job is being cut.  An angry librarian, a truly angry librarian, is not a pretty sight.  However, there is hope.

Preventing the Angry Librarian Population from Growing
A good friend and fellow school librarian , Heather Loy, has written an excellent post challenging school librarians to answer some tough questions in these times of budget cuts.  Arming ourselves with evidence to support our answers, we might just be able to save our programs.

  • Will my principal fight for me – if he’s given the opportunity?
  • Have I given him reason enough to fight for me/my program – have I had an impact on student achievement and learning?  If so, how?
  • In this Internet age, why am I still relevant?
  • Also, how are the other media specialist in my district perceived?  Will their actions/inaction reflect back on me positively or negatively?


She admits she also needs to answer these questions and then says, “I need to document and advocate for how I and my program are essential to my students and school.”

Methods to Assess Learning in the Library Media Center

School library programs across the United States are on the chopping block.  How can I ensure that my program won’t be one of them?  I need to gather evidence that my program adds value to our students’ educational experience and helps them to become  information literate.

I’ve been a fan of Tom Barrett’s  “Interesting Ways” presentations for some time.  Instead of creating  wikis where educators collaborate to build shared knowledge, he has created presentations in Google Docs and invited others to add ideas.  The visual aspect of these presentations and their format (each idea is limited to one slide) is refreshing.

Why not use the same method to cull assessment ideas for library media centers?

Unfortunately, will not allow me to embed a Google Docs presentation in my blog so I have included a screen shot.  I started the presentation with three methods for assessment in the media center and hope other school librarians will contribute to the presentation.

To view the presentation, please go to

Please share this presentation with other school librarians so that we can all benefit from our shared knowledge and practices.  Email it, tweet it, Facebook it, Diigo it, Delicious it, blog it….the phrase “the more, the merrier” certainly fits here.

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