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Creating a Website to Promote Your Library Program: Models to Consider

Thoughts to keep in mind

When designing a website for your school library, consider the following questions. Who's your audience? What do they need? What do you need to communicate?

Skill-Based Model

21st Century Skills (AASL)

  • Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
  • Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
  • Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.
  • Pursue personal and anesthetic growth.

Program-Based Model

​Describing the Library Program (SLMPE)

  • Teaching for Learning

(Instructional Design, Collaborative Planning, Information Literacy, Reading, Assessment for Learning, Teaching for Diverse Learning Needs, Inquiry Learning, Intellectual Freedom, Social Learning, Social Responsibility)

  • Building the Learning Environment

(Staffing, Professional Development, Resources and Materials, Resource Sharing, Equitable Access, Educational Technology, Climate Conducive to Learning, Budget, Facility)

  • Empowering Learning through Leadership

(Instructional Leadership, Administrative Support, Program Planning and Evaluation, Communication, Reporting, Program Advocacy)

​Inquiry-Based Model

​Around Inquiry ("Stripling Model of Inquiry" in ESIFC)

  • Connecting
  • Wondering
  • Investigating
  • Constructing
  • Expressing
  • Reflecting

Technology-Based Model

Technology Centered (ISTE-S)

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Research and information fluency
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making
  • Digital citizenship
  • Technology operations and concepts 

Teaching-Based Model

About ​Teaching  (Danielson “Framework for Teaching”)

  • Planning and Preparation
  • Classroom Environment
  • Instruction
  • Professional Responsibilities

Other Models

School District, School Building Model

  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Critical needs

PUT (Personal, Useful and Timely) Model

  • Need to know information about your library program
  • Curated content from the school librarian
  • Segmenting your content so readers can easily identify what's more relevant to them
  • Become the "go-to" source for information about your library
  • Post upcoming events and programs in your library
  • Connecting your topics to what's in the headlines.

Newsletter Model

  • Hot emerging topics
  • Features
  • Meaningful sections
  • Letters, communications
  • etc.
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