Top 5 Takeaways: My Experience at SLJ Leadership Summit 2017

One of the things I love most about being a school librarian is networking with other librarians - to collaborate, share ideas, and get inspiration for how to improve my practice. Through a generous scholarship from the Virginia Association of School Librarians, I was able to attend the 2017 School Library Journal Leadership Summit in …

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Fall: A Time to be Busy (and Remember What We Do)

I don't know about you, but fall is always incredibly busy for me as a librarian. Between orientation, starting to collaborate with teachers, and attending conferences, every moment is good, but every moment is full, too. Through the course of the last month or so, I've experienced and reflected on many things that I've been wanting …

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Keeping Your Library Relevant When Your School Goes 1:1 (part 2): Helping Teachers Facilitate a Digital Classroom

This post is Part 2 of Making Your Library Relevant When Your School Goes 1:1 (see first post here).  So, why do we as librarians need to know about tools like these? They are going to help us have staying power with our staff and students when all students have their own devices and may …

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Making a Makerspace (and why my students need one)

Like you most likely know, I am a huge advocate for my library, students, and staff. Being in the classroom for many years really brought to light the variety of experiences, abilities, and wealth students bring with them to school each day. It is the teacher's responsibility to take all of those and ensure all …

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The Great Weeding of 2015-2016, part 2.

In my previous post about weeding, I talked about the rationale and why weeding was so necessary in my middle school library (and shared photos, too!). This post will finish my thoughts about weeding (for now) but I felt like adding this info to the end of the previous weeding post would have been over …

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How Public Libraries Help Make School Librarians Indispensable.

As a middle school librarian, I consider one of my greatest tasks to be ensuring that all of my students, regardless of ability or interest, have plenty of choices when visiting my library. Middle school is challenging, though: we have students who may be reading at the 3rd grade level (or below), students reading on the …

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