My first thoughts on the Johnson blog is that I like how honest and straightforward the language is and facing common misconceptions like the idea that the online resources will save money on print. Its really a trade off and requires a good amount of thought in terms of what and how money is being invested. So the idea that you can cut one and that won’t be a loss to the library is a really key idea since its about how every resource in the library helps. The third blog post seems to say quite clearly pick your hill and defend it with all your passion and reminds me of how passionate and dedicated Carl Harvey was in terms of talking about collaboration and flexible scheduling and now that’s the norm in his school. Then the fourth post clicks into our library defense papers and just how key it is to be able to show the impact of cuts in an incredibly specific way, because that’s going to resonate the most with administrators. I like how the fifth then builds in terms of saying if you start with a strong budget then everything is going to be easier since your goals and options are right there. The sixth post seems quite connected to just how much a school librarian needs to know everything about how the school works so that they can know best how to get and use resources from as many places as possible. Then the last half comes across as the tools to really get things done which are powerful, I like seeing those examples because I know that having a template and program to help me know what to do would keep me doing it. Also a lot of budgeting and management really comes back to keeping connected and truly understanding how your school and library works on every level.
Dickinson appears to be echoing what Johnson’s saying just structuring things in a different way by presenting this idea of the budget cycle: knowledge, planning and implementation. Then following up with all the whys of how critical a budget is and especially how if you neglect it, how harder it is to build things up from scratch. Again there’s the focus on specificity and being able to show what you’re doing with what money you have.
The article on writing and winning grants then works as a logical next step of saying if you know what you want, go ask for it and keep it simple and effective and keep looking and pushing.
Empowering Learners seems to again be repeating all these same messages of stay connected, know what you need and how to get it and don’t be afraid to push.
Woolls then breaks down all the little details of how schools really work and goes into how to make all these things happen. So if you plan your budget thoughtfully and are specific then this is the best way to make it happen in reality.
In terms of Personnel issues, I found it quite striking how important the idea of certified and licensed staff members is to the AASL and would be curious to know exactly what that means and if that’s hard to reach in libraries. Woolls does a good job of talking about how many school librarians might not at first come in expecting to be a manager of personnel but should know how to be one and that the most important part is communication. Since communication builds the foundation for trust and shared expectations which will help the library function well whether the personnel are volunteers or paraprofessionals. Then she extends that out to everyone who spends any time or is affected by the library which I think is a good way to show just how key it is to have clear lines of communication and expectations for everyone in the library.