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Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking, the power of community

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I recently spent a full day presenting workshops for the Nashville school librarians with my buddy Shannon Miller. I expected to fall in love with the city.  But I fell in love with it for an unexpected reason. Nashville is a city that truly loves its libraries. And that love has a lot to do [...]

Michelle asks: RU Ready 2 Trust ‘em? (@TEDxWestport)

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Michelle Luhtala suggests we judge millennials unfairly. Are they really coddled or are they resourceful?  Are they narcissistic or transparent? Unfocused or hyper-focused? Is taking a selfie narcissistic, or is it a way to connect with the world? In her kid-focused TEDx talk, Michelle, head librarian at New Canaan (CT) High School shares the importance [...]

Celebrating the news from Vermont!

During National Library Month, it’s so lovely to celebrate a victory for children and that the hard work of advocacy can pay off. VSLA President, Denise Wentz, just wrote to share the following great news in advance of my visit to the the Vermont Dynamic Learning Landscapes Conference. I am very happy to finally announce [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The view from my circ desk vs. stories of heartbreaking inequity

It’s the close of the school day. I am sitting at the circ desk looking out at our library where our kids have access to more than 85 computers and assorted devices and tools for reading, research and creation. I am thinking about the great week we had: scanning curation sites for breaking news, honing filtered searches [...]

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

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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 [...]

Librarians and Danielson and PA

Late last spring, our district distributed the Danielson Framework for Teaching rubric listing the components of instruction–divided into 22 components and 76 smaller elements, and clustered into four domains. Danielson’s Framework, is designed to serve as the the foundation of a school or district’s mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes, thus linking all those activities together [...]

September networking (updated)

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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 [...]