HOUSTON —University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Education will host host a one-day, free seminar for area school librarians on June 17, featuring, Doug Johnson a nationally recognized expert in library advocacy. This professional development workshop, “Facing Our Challenges in Positive Ways—Even When Our Jobs Are On The Line,” will address not only problems facing school libraries in the current difficult budgetary times, but also positive steps that can be taken to deal with them.
“School librarians are not a luxury,” explains UH-Clear Lake Assistant Professor of Literacy, Language and Library Science Jane Claes. “They are a part of the instructional staff that directly impacts student learning.” Johnson will present both tools and methods school librarians can use to more effectively communicate their essential role.
Johnson, director of Media and Technology for the Mankato, Minnesota Public Schools and adjunct faculty member at Minnesota State University, is author of five books including “The Indispensable Librarian,” “School Libraries Head for the Edge,” and “Machines Are The Easy Part; People Are the Hard Part.” His long-running column, “Head for the Edge” appears in the trade magazine, “Library Media Connection” and he authors the “Blue Skunk Blog.” Johnson has conducted workshops and given presentation to more than 130 organizations both nationally and internationally.
To register by June 13, contact Barbara Kelly by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 281-283-3570.