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Posted RILINK Strategic Plan

Support the Diverse Needs of Student Populations

Vision for this goal: All students have equitable access to school library resources and services, provided by a certified Library Media Specialist, that reflect and address the needs of their communities.

Advocate for all students to have access to a high quality library-media program provided by a certified Library Media Specialist

Purpose Empower students to succeed through regular and frequent access to grade-level-appropriate information literacy instruction, readers advisory services, and diverse and up-to-date print and digital collections that are delivered and managed by an MLIS-credentialed school library media specialist within a thoughtfully-designed library media center.
Status Ongoing

Activities

  • Added the RI School Library Curriculum Guide to our LibGuide
  • Offer Professional Learning sessions on the new curriculum guide
  • Encourage administrators to hire certified school librarians for fill positions in schools that do not have a certified librarian, emphasizing the benefits to students and teachers.

Analyze population demographics at the state and municipal level

Purpose Understand the socioeconomic, cultural, and educational differences from district to district and school to school in order to improve how programs and services are delivered.

Status

Activities

Forthcoming

Identify sources of demographic data to analyze

 

 

Partner with organizations that support diversity and inclusion

Purpose Solicit input from experts who understand the nuances of age-appropriate identity.
Status Ongoing

Activities

Compile and share lists with members. Some of the resources used are
Highlight model collections such as 
Participate in collection development professional learning opportunities.
Prepare and share curated, themed book lists when requested.
Select and promote resources that are geared for meeting specific needs of diverse segments of student populations. Most resources presented by authors of different cultures and races include
  • Mackin Webinars
    • Lifting Voices Webinar Series:
      • "Christian Robinson on the Art of Communicating through Pictures"
      • "The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person”
      • "Black Joy and the Craft of Literature" 
      • "We are Water Protectors”
      • ”The Power of Seeing Yourself Reflected in a Book.”   
      • Formal Presentation about Latino and Hispanic literature
Highlight different resources in the monthly newsletters.

Model inclusive collection development that reflects diversity of student populations

Purpose Tailor RILINK’s shared print and digital collections to meet the needs of all students from every background and of every identity, using information obtained in Objectives 3.2 and 3.3.
Status  Ongoing

Activities

Encourage collection weeding by providing inventory workshops, ongoing individual help, and information on RILINK website.
Highlight different selection tools and tips in monthly newsletters.
Highlight model collections such as (link)
Participate in collection development professional learning opportunities.
Prepare and share curated, themed book lists when requested.
Select and promote resources that are geared for meeting specific needs of diverse segments of student populations. Most resources presented by authors of different cultures and races include
  • Mackin Webinars
    • Lifting Voices Webinar Series:
      • "Christian Robinson on the Art of Communicating through Pictures"
      • "The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person”
      • "Black Joy and the Craft of Literature" 
      • "We are Water Protectors”
      • ”The Power of Seeing Yourself Reflected in a Book.”   
      • Formal Presentation about Latino and Hispanic literature
Highlight different resources in the monthly newsletters.
Work with RISOCKS Committee 

 

Promote a balance between reading and technology

Purpose Use a standards-based approach to develop strategies to ensure that proficiency in and use of technology does not come at the expense of proficiency in and affinity for reading.
Status Ongoing

Activities