Enid Davis, Library Director, the Harker School, San Jose
The Harker School is a well funded, highly supported private school, grown from one small campus to 5 campuses; partnerships allowed this school to grow.
Using very effective visuals of hat mannequins and hats arranged around a table, Enid described how her influence, dreams and funding grew geometrically with each new partnership. She turned the annual 2nd grade play into a musical, enlisted the music teacher who turned it into the coveted Ogre award, which became a fund-raiser with the help of the Development coordinator. Today, the Ogres are real above-and-beyond recognitions; NOW agenda equity committee created sex harassment training, … and you get the picture. The skillsets of librarians are so often underestimated; by using your skills you can grow your own program while enhancing the value of your institution.
Q- Biggest challenges?
A-Finding time; it’s exciting to create new purpose, and passion abounded on campus, so that helped.
Q-Who comprises the Committee for Instructional Literacy?
A-librarians, dean, instructional technologists
Q-What’s the secret of starting all those committees and not becoming a control freak?
A-Enid lets staff do what they love to do and are good at. Her people flourish – its a management skill.
Q-For fundraising events – what draws money?
A- Parents – Harker has a huge development dept. with annual campaigns. It was exciting to see that the library could be the means of raising funds for school.
Q- Any change in fundraising income over the last 2 years due to the real estate and economic downturn?
A-School is building a brand new 21st cent lib this year – testimony that teachers see need for library services that teach lifelong skills. Parents see the value and are ready to fork over $$$. Don’t rest on your laurels – make yourself indispensible. If you’re not in front of the children, you’re not valuable.
Q- Do you track how many students get into Stanford?
A-You bet! Each year students are mapped at MIT, Stanford, UC, Harvard…; parents are so driven that teachers say “relax!”