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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 In progress

 

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 Forthcoming

 

Partner with organizations that support diversity and inclusion

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

Activities

Compile and share lists with members. Some of the resources used are
  • The RILINK Selection Policy
  • Sunday NYT Book Section
  • Daily regional newspapers 
  • Barnes and Noble website 
  • Books-a-million website 
  • Local libraries and bookstores daily emails 
  • School librarians' requests for the library and classroom
Highlight different selection tools and tips in monthly newsletters.
Highlight model collections such as (link)
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award
  • Rhode Island Middle School Book Award
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award
  • Rhode Island Latino Book Award
  • Caldecott Book Award
  • Newbery Book Award
  • Coretta Scott King Award
Participate in collection development professional learning opportunities.
  • Mackin Webinars 
  • URI Zoom and webinars 
  • Public library webinars
  • OverDrive webinars 
  • Local bookstore author virtual events
  • Kathleen Odean current fiction workshop
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

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  In progress

Activities

Encourage collection weeding by providing inventory workshops, ongoing individual help, and information on RILINK website.

Compile and share lists with members. Some of the resources used are

  • The RILINK Selection Policy (link)
  • Sunday NYT Book Section
  • Daily regional newspapers 
  • Barnes and Noble website 
  • Books-a-million website 
  • Local libraries and bookstores daily emails 
  • School librarians' requests for the library and classroom
Highlight different selection tools and tips in monthly newsletters. (link to newsletter)
Highlight model collections such as (link)
  • Rhode Island Childrens Book Award
  • Rhode Island Middle School Book Award
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award
  • Latino Book Award
  • Caldecott Book Award
  • Newbury Book Award
  • Coretta Scott King Award
Participate in collection development professional learning opportunities.
  • Mackin Webinars 
  • URI Zoom and webinars 
  • Public library webinars
  • OverDrive webinars 
  • Local bookstore author virtual events
  • Kathleen Odean current fiction workshop
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

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 In progress