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Building influence for the school librarian

Author: Gary N Hartzell
Publisher: Worthington, Ohio : Linworth Pub., ©1994.
Series: Professional growth series.
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School librarians perform crucial tasks in schools, and their work is growing more important. The librarian's knowledge of resources and understanding of information access channels provide critical elements in the success of education. The librarian should be a participant in virtually every instructional planning session. This book was written to suggest some ways of building the kinds of influence capability that  Read more...
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Hartzell, Gary N., 1943-
Building influence for the school librarian.
Worthington, Ohio : Linworth Pub., ©1994
(OCoLC)604889596
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary N Hartzell
ISBN: 0938865323 9780938865322
OCLC Number: 30739507
Description: xi, 184 pages ; 28 cm.
Contents: Reason for this book --
Perspective of this book: Perspective --
Target audience --
Contents of the book --
Structure of the book --
Word about the references --
Why school librarians should have, don't have, and maybe don't want to have influence where they work: Why seek influence?: Need to have control of your life and job --
School are bureaucracies --
Power/dependency mapping --
School are changing --
Why don't school librarians have much influence in most schools?: Library in the eyes of other educators --
Invisible nature of much of the librarian's work --
Lack of effort to shape the perceptions of others: Profession-wide perception shaping --
Building and district-level perception shaping --
Self-assessment exercise --
Are you sure you really want to try to build a base of power and influence in your school?: Do I want to be influential? An exercise --
Realities of building influence as a school librarian: Price of power and influence is political behavior --
Costs of building influence --
Deciding whether the pursuit of influence is worth the price: Causes of discomfort --
Why do you think you might want to be more influential at work? --
Influence: what it is and where it comes from: What about you influences other?: Three people who influence me --
Attributes of influential people: Likability --
Expertise --
Energy and focused effort --
Sensitivity --
Controlled ego --
Self-assessment instrument --
What are heuristics and what do they have to do with influence?: How true are these statements? --
Heuristics as tools of influence: Reciprocity --
Contrast --
Consistency and commitment --
Social proof --
Scarcity --
Authority --
Influence potential of the job itself: My library and my job --
Influence power of the job: Control of resources others want --
Performance of tasks critical to the success of others --
Work clearly aligned with major organizational goals --
High organizational visibility --
Internal autonomy of action --
Central location in the communication system --
Building alliances --
What gets rewarded? Clues to culture: Culture of my school --
Concept of school culture --
Working knowledge of your school culture: Shorthand measure: What gets rewarded? --
Assessing the reward system: Rewards for students --
Rewards for adults --
Who are the groups you need to influence? --
Start with the building principal: Why it is important to build a strong relationship with the principal: Conceptualizing your relationship with the principal --
What you need to know to begin building a strong relationship with your principal: Understanding yourself --
Understanding your principal --
Nature of the principal's work --
Substance of motivation --
Supervisor/subordinate relationship --
Specifics to observe about your principal --
Strategies and tactics for building your relationship with your principal: Strategies --
Tactics --
Building influence with those above the principalship --
Needs questionnaire --
Restructuring: an opportunity to influence teachers: Why this is a good time to build influence with teachers: First wave of school reform: intensified structures --
Second wave of school reform: the principalship --
Third wave of reform: restructuring --
Librarian's opportunity --
Librarian's choices: First choice: do nothing different --
Second choice: active generalized involvement --
Third choice: aggressive engagement --
Tactics for building influence with teachers --
Helping students to help ourselves: Tactics for building influence with students --
Capturing community and parental support: Tactics for building influence with parents and community members: Parents --
Community --
What do you do when you have influence?: How do you maintain your influence?: Knowledge --
Involvement --
Trust --
In what manner do you exercise your influence? --
Why do you exercise your influence?
Series Title: Professional growth series.
Responsibility: by Gary N. Hartzell.

Abstract:

School librarians perform crucial tasks in schools, and their work is growing more important. The librarian's knowledge of resources and understanding of information access channels provide critical elements in the success of education. The librarian should be a participant in virtually every instructional planning session. This book was written to suggest some ways of building the kinds of influence capability that will allow the librarian to have the impact on school operation that they should have.

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