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SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

Announcing SLJs 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award: Could It Be You?

I am so embarrassed to have missed these announcement, and I want to make sure that others do not! SLJ just announced two new awards that are ripe pickings for so many of you! 1. School Librarian of the Year! You know who you are.  I urge you to nominate yourself. School Library Journal has launched [...]

School Library Month in Chicago: Yes, a celebration!

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Like the situation we witnessed in Philadelphia, the children of Chicago, ALA’s host city, now face a crisis. I post this on behalf of a new Library Advocacy Committee for Chicago Public School Librarians, who chose to celebrate School Library Month by sharing their accomplishments on behalf of Chicago’s kids. Please share their story. School [...]

Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

Dr. Judi Moreillon and her Texas Women’s University colleague, Dr. Teresa Starrett (who teaches preservice principals in Educational Leadership), just launched the powerful crowdsourced film, Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School. The 5-minute film features administrators around the country describing the value of the teacher librarian in school culture. I asked [...]

On “hacking” school library or crowdsourcing innovation (PLEASE SHARE YOUR HACKS!)

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I am preparing for a talk at Computers in Libraries this week and I’d love to showcase your best ideas. In what ways have you innovated this year? How have you challenged traditional notions of: collection, instruction, reading, space/design, budget, walls, rules, and especially expectations? In honor of School Library Month, please help by adding [...]

#whylib: sharing our origin stories

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Note/update: the #whylib origin stories are now being collected on this Padlet.  See the embed below.This weekend a new hashtag meme emerged as a result of a little Twitter conversation. Sherry Gick wrote to explain It happened during a casual Saturday morning Twitter convo, but I think it’s amazing!  #WhyLib is the new hashtag to [...]

Librarians unite! Create a Harry Potter Alliance Library Chapter

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Mess with libraries and you mess with democracy!  Dumbledore’s Army has got your back.      Andrew Slack. At ALA yesterday, Andrew Slack (activist and kid from the neighborhood) suggested that librarians join forces with the HPA to revolutionize civic engagement by starting chapters in our libraries. Not only did Andrew lend his support to Barb Stripling’s [...]

Michelle’s take on old conversations to bag for a new year

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While many of my other friends and colleagues were thinking about what they plan to think about over the coming year, my friend, Michelle Luhtala, shared her thoughts on conversations and worries that we ought to be able to put away in 2014 in favor of fresh thinking. She graciously allowed me to share this [...]

A tip to Barbara’s hats

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I met Barbara Braxton when I was traveling in Australia a couple of years ago, but I’ve admired her voice for so many years. When I think about it, she may have been the first of the truly networked librarians. An ACTIVE member of LM_NET from the beginning, she continues to be both visible and active on [...]

Jennifer’s perception flowchart

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I was extremely flattered and newly inspired by Library Girl, Jennifer LaGarde’s thoughtful perception flowchart, in response to my last post. (In fact, if you haven’t read her blog, or seen the eloquent way she visually transmits concepts, please stop reading and take a trip there right now.) Jennifer reminds us:  Your work has to [...]

School Library Story: When libraries thrive and when they crumble

School Library Story from joyce valenza on Vimeo. I’ve been wanting to tell this story for a long time. My very talented student friend, Walter Lynch, offered to help me tell it. A day doesn’t go by when I am not inspired to action by the inventive ideas I discover from my generous teacher librarian colleagues who [...]