School Librarians are at the front of adaption and change in education today but the public does not always see it that way. School librarians want to tell their story to break assumptions about what they do. Yes, they are passionate about books and reading, but school libraries are also places where all the pieces for 21st century learning exist and can be taken advantage of. School Librarians hold the key to future ready learning and it's on us to show their worth. The time is now to tell their stories through our documentary film and we hope to inspire you to join the conversation.
Here's what one of our students has to say about school libraries.
Our call to action:
We want each librarian who sees our documentary to use it as an advocacy tool to spread the word about how school librarians are impacting students and communities to support 21st century learning. #libitsonus
Meet the Team
Producer/Director: Alex DeCiccio
Alex is a cinematographer and photographer based in Rhode Island. He works as a media producer at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. Alex has had work featured in National Geographic, NY Times and Titanic Belfast Museum to name a few. He is excited to explore the adaptive and flexible roles of public school librarians.
Producer/Editor: Kyle Sidlik
Kyle is a video editor, photographer and videographer that works at the Inner Space Center on the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus. Kyle started pursuing filmmaking as a career when he attended the University of Rhode Island Film/New Media program. He has been on numerous scientific research cruises as a video engineer and documentarian. He is excited to bring forward the true and important stories of public school librarians.
Alex and Kyle have worked with Media Smart Libraries to create informational videos on the impact of libraries on digital and media literacy. To get a taste of how Alex and Kyle have filmed librarians through the Media Smart Libraries grant, watch the below videos. Our goal is to use their expertise to expand upon their work with Rhode Island librarians through this documentary.
Executive Producer: Mary Moen, PhD
Mary was a high school librarian for many years and is currently the School Library Media Coordinator and Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She got to know Alex and Kyle through her work on Media Smart Libraries, an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant awarded to GSLIS. Mary hopes this documentary will be used as an advocacy tool to break down outdated assumptions of the role of school librarians.
Producer: Kristin Polseno
Kristin started out her career as a high school English teacher. When she realized how important school librarians are to the success of all students, she changed tracks and in 2016, received her MLIS and School Media Certification from the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at URI. Kristin is currently an elementary school librarian and technology coach. As part of the School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI) Advocacy Committee, Kristin is looking forward to bringing her vision to this project.
Producer: Alyssa Taft
Alyssa is a current graduate student in the School Library Media program at URI's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She is also a graduate research assistant for Media Smart Libraries and the URI student representative for School Librarians of Rhode Island. Alyssa is expected to graduate this coming May and is excited to be a part of a wide-spread advocacy project that will benefit school librarians and their students.
If we are more than 100% funded, money beyond the initial $8,000 will go towards increasing the quality of production, purchasing higher-end equipment, and marketing the completed documentary.
Risks and challenges
There are minimal risks to this project. One challenge may be to get parental permission for children to be in the film. To overcome this challenge, we have release forms ready to hand out to parents. Many schools already have on file which students can have their picture taken and we will work with the school librarian and the district to make sure we obtain release forms before filming.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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