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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 […]

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)


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 […]

Help me crowdsource TL monthly checklists?


I’ve had these in my files for a couple of years doing nobody no good. So, I thought it was time to crowd-source, update and improve a series of checklists I’ve planning to work on and share. The checklists are meant to be a handy list of things to plan, do, and celebrate month-by-month in the life […]

A new Follett Challenge & a couple of inspiring stories


I’ve come to the conclusion that there are probably a thousand different ways to do library great. Sure there are handbooks on how to put together a traditional library program–how to create a budget, weed a collection, host an author event, collaborate with teachers. But no textbook shows you what it looks like when the […]

Orientation inspiration


You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And so, each year I find myself  searching for orientation inspiration. Whether it’s your incoming kindergartners, sixth graders, ninth graders or those returning students you already know and love, you’re going to want to welcome them back in a special way.  And you are […]

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 […]

What did your edtech year look like? (The results)


A couple of weeks back I shared a survey that asked the following: As this school year comes to a close, I’d like to call on you to share your discoveries and your wisdom and to help me reflect. Which edtech goodies, tools, apps, platforms, and strategies worked so well for you in 2012/2013 that […]

Our first PSLA/MU Unconference


I am a big fan of the unconference/edcamp movements and of open space planning.     And though I’ve personally been lucky to attend a number of local, regional, and national edcamps and unconfs, I’ve wanted to share my excitement about these participant-driven events with my TL colleagues in Pennsylvania.  Our traditional PSLA state conference is pretty darn […]

Web2MARC/DL2SL: Making our OPACs more gracious hosts


It’s time to bust open the OPAC. In fact, it’s long past time. My notion of collection development and of cataloging were a little different back in the day. I now consider digital resources–OER, images, videos, audio files, slideshows, documents, ebooks, maps, art, student work, data sets, interactivities, simulations, and especially the elements of the […]