Monday, June 29, 2020

Let's Talk: A Conversation Starter For Future Ready Librarians® Building Collaborative Relationships

Future Ready Librarians® lead beyond the library, collaborating not only with teacher colleagues but also with building and district leaders to prepare future ready learners. Creating exciting and dynamic opportunities for future ready learners requires shared leadership among school leaders, including librarians, instructional coaches, principals, IT leaders, and district administration. 

This is one of the most important pieces of our work as Future Ready Librarians and one that can truly make a difference for our role and the entire school community through our leadership, advocacy and valuable work and support.  
We are excited to announce a new tool we developed to help you as you start conversations and build these essential and important collaborative relationships.  
It's called Let's Talk: A Conversation Starter for Future Ready Librarians Building Collaborative Relationships. 
Whether you are just getting started or trying to take the next step in your strategic collaborations, this step-by-step guide provides simple processes and curated resources that can help you examine your current situation, inspire creative thinking, build new partnerships, and then collectively develop a collaborative plan for your students and teachers as you work through 7 steps throughout the Conversation Starter.
Each of the 7 steps identifies the goals and includes the key competencies, process checklists and reviews, valuable resources,
and wonderful challenges to put this knowledge and inspiration into practice along the way. 
As we worked on getting this published during this time, we also included a place for Current Conversations: Librarians as Leaders During The Pandemic to help guide our conversations and practice in the situations we are currently dealing with across the country and around the world. 

I have used lots of these suggestions myself as we work on our return to learn goals and plan for the fall.  
You will find the Conversation Guide on the Future Ready Librarian page and can download....
...the Conversation Guide below the 7 steps, as shown in the image above. 

We hope everyone uses this to guide conversations and important work, as you continue to do amazing things in your Future Ready Librarian journey and beyond.  Together, we will all make a difference as we lead beyond the library and be the best we can be! 

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