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Elena Baeza's Digital Advocacy Story: Partners in Preparing Children 4 School @ Your Library®





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Story Title and Link:    Partners in Preparing Children 4 School @ Your Library®


Digital Advocacy Story Reflection:    Digital Advocacy Story Reflection


Digital Advocacy Story Reflection Script:   A 2.3 Reflection Script.doc


Meme: Partners in Preparing Children 4 School @ Your Library®


One sentence-Theme: Public libraries prepare young children for school by engaging them in programs, activities and technology.


Competencies: Based on ALA’s list of Core Competencies of Librarianship:


5. Reference and User Services
5C. The methods used to interact successfully with individuals of all ages and groups
to provide consultation, mediation, and guidance in their use of recorded knowledge
and information.

5E. The principles and methods of advocacy used to reach specific audiences to
promote and explain concepts and services.

Based on the Association of Library Services to Children Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries (ALSC):
VII. Advocacy, Public Relations, and Networking Skills

  1. Utilizes effective public relations techniques and media to promote an awareness of and support for meeting children's library and information needs through all media.
  2. Considers the needs, opinions, and requests of children in the development and evaluation of library services.
  3. Ensures that children have full access to library materials, resources, and services as prescribed by the Library Bill of Rights.


a. Who is your target audience? Why is this group your target audience?  Parents of kindergarten students will be my target audience. Introducing parents to all the programs the public library offers will give them the opportunity to prepare their children for school. Students will be introduced to comprehension skills, new vocabulary, sound knowledge and much more.
b. How does your advocacy story relate to the concept of social justice?  Children and parents will have the opportunity to access all programs the public library offers. This is a great way of presenting services to patrons that may not know about such services or have access to such great programming. All children should have the right to be exposed to literacy at a young age in order for them to develop cognitive skills. Introducing children to library programs will allow them to learn to be more creative and imaginative, hence preparing them for the real world. Unfortunately, in some communities' literacy levels are below average, therefore these sorts of programs will enhance their learning. Parents will also benefit because they can continue teaching their own children what they learn at the library.




ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children). 2009. "Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries."
Accessed Febraury 23, 2014. http://www.ala.org/alsc/edcareers/alsccorecomps

American Library Association. 2009. "Core Competences of Librarianship." Accessed February 28, 2014. http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/careers/corecomp/corecompetences


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