As reflective practitioners, graduates will demonstrate: Leadership
Demonstrate leadership potential, with creativity in problem solving and openness to new ideas.
Developing programs to promote library awareness for students in a high school or to promote reading and information literacy for young adults in grades 6-8 in a public library necessitates leadership skills to plan events that will actually achieve what they were intended to achieve. Establishing the target audience, designing the program, planning the budget, buying the resources, publicizing the event, implementing the program, and finally evaluating the effectiveness are the responsibilities that a leader must oversee for every program the library creates or sponsors. In working with library staff members and stakeholders, librarians must possess problem-solving skills and a willingness to incorporate new ideas into the programs.
The High School Library Public Relations Campaign I created for LI851: Managing the School Library Media Center and the Program Plan I developed for LI832: Resources and Services for Young Adults reflect the Leadership Professional Value because they required leadership and creativity in planning engaging activities for teenagers in both the school and public library settings. For the Public Relations Campaign, I was required to use four of ten specific items. Librarians are often forced to work within parameters or within the boundaries of a few resources, so I had to be flexible and creative with my plans for inclusion of the items. I decided that the campaign would be called “February in the Library,” so all the events and decorations were based on the month. For instance, each week, there was a new event that featured either legos, mismatched flip flops, used paperback books, or Double-Stuff Oreo cookies. Incentives for participating in the events helped to draw students to the library with the intent on encouraging them to keep coming to the library even when the month of February ended. For the Young Adult Program Plan, I was required to create a program for either the month of October or February, and I had to use two of five program topics. I decided to create “Controlled Chaos,” a program that encourages teens to see that researching can be a fun and collaborative process, and “Starring You!,” a program that encourages teens to read biographies and autobiographies and to write their own life stories. I described how both the program for the school library and the program for the public library were publicized and how they were assessed for their effectiveness in meeting teens’ interests and needs.