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Jennifer’s perception flowchart

Perception Flowchart

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 […]

Let’s test drive FlipGrid: please share your own elevator speech


I recently discovered FlipGrid and I am truly excited about sharing this (currently) free, interactive discussion platform at the high school school and about using it with my grad classes, perhaps in a way similar to the way I currently use Voicethread. But first, please help me test drive it by recording your video response […]

Declaration is now online. Sign it and wear the badge proudly


When I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago, the resources were not yet available online.   They are now.  So please spread the message widely.  Have everyone you know who believes in equity, who believes that every child has a right to a strong library program, sign Barb Stripling’s Declaration. Host a face-to-face signing or […]

September networking (updated)


Update: There’s even more September goodness!  At TLCafe’s Back to School Special–which was absolutely fabulous–Nikki Robertson announced the launch of TL News Night on the third Monday of each month at 8:00 PM ET. Here are the details: TL | News Night Anchors are: Michelle Cooper – High School Librarian Nikki D Robertson– High School Librarian […]

I’m a librarian: that’s my j-o-b

We don’t read all day.  Our hair’s not in a bun. We don’t all wear glasses. Don’t always says shush.  We do love books. We’re the bosses at the Internet.  We do provide the freedom to escape the room you’re sitting in.  . . We’re on a quest to teach you how to find the […]

School Library Research Summarized (and newly updated)


(Note: I just realized that I created a draft of this post a few weeks back, but forgot to publish. Forgive me!) Deb Kachel, my colleague at the Mansfield SL&IT, just shared her latest revision of School Library Research Summarized. The revised booklet updates the work of Deb’s grad students in her Spring 2011 Advocacy […]

Your back-to-school letter


In response to LM_NET queries, Doug Johnson published a BFTP (blast from the past) post today on Your Library’s Back-to-School Letter. Doug encourages us to use the start of school as an opportunity for connection and advocacy, inspiring us to design an initial communication that conveys the energy and contributions of our library programs in […]

Working together is working smarter [Infographic]


Based on a report recently released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), Working Together is Working Smarter, visually demonstrates the role of school librarians as highly involved leaders playing a critical role in their schools through consistent and sustained collaboration with other educators.   The infographic reveals our dedicated, voluntary leadership in the delivery of […]

Celebrating another meaningful declaration


It’s the 4th of July and I am delighted to share another important declaration.   Our new ALA President, friend, former school librarian, and Syracuse iSchool professor, Barbara Stripling declares that libraries are essential to a democratic society. She shares: My presidential initiative, entitled Libraries Change Lives, will focus on increasing public understanding of the value of libraries, […]