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TL=thought leaders (and light bulbs)

Are you a TL

Outside of our own little world, the letters TL do not obviously identify us. In her opening remarks at the Library Managers’ Congress of the big eduTECH Conference this past week, chair Karen Bonanno not only pointed to this confusion.  She shed light on it. While my notes are a little sketchy, here are Karen’s […]

On (animated) leadership, with a focus on geese, our SLJ Panel


“When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.” Lau Tzu We decided to switch up the panel Both Sides Now: Librarians Discuss Leadership at the SLJ Summit this week by seeking inspiration from the animal kingdom. Doug Johnson, KC Boyd, and Michelle Colte joined me in selecting animal behaviors […]

Librarians unite! Create a Harry Potter Alliance Library Chapter


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 […]

Tackling the questions in 2014

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I love Jennifer LaGarde’s idea of beginning the year with questions, rather than resolutions. Jennifer recently asked 11 Questions (About Libraries) That Need Answers.  And Doug Johnson added a few of his own in a Blue Skunk Blog post. (See below.) The lovely part about this whole social media thing is that we can attack […]

Carolyn goes to the White House


It’s not every day a teacher librarian is invited to the White House. Last week, our own Carolyn Foote spent a day there as a Champion of Change. In her reflection, Carolyn contends that leadership begins with sharing your voice, with being connected: Any one of us can lead–any teacher– any librarian–any administrator and any […]