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September 2, 2014

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Tackling the questions in 2014

Tackling the questions in 2014

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

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 [...]

BYOD: Mobile devices belong in the classroom | Pivot Points

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BYOD, or bring your own device, programs offer media specialists an opportunity to connect with students, teachers, and school administrators—and to take a leadership role in their schools and districts.

Be the Change: 10 Keys to Leadership

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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET This tour of the top keys to leadership in our changing education environment will inspire leadership at every level. This webcast kicks off the series with strategies and tactics from Shannon McClintock Miller and school library leaders on how to take steps to initiate new projects, create meaningful collaborations with classroom teachers, talk to administrators, drive tech adoption in your classroom, school, community, and more. Archive now available!

How Does Your Boss See You?: Proof That Principals Value Librarians

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Principals value their librarians. They also want them to be more visible leaders.

Those are just two of the interesting findings from a recent survey of 102 media specialists and 67 principals. In fact, 90 percent of the administrators that we surveyed think we have a positive impact in schools—and a large number also feel that our jobs are important. That’s great news, considering only 65 percent of librarians in the study thought their bosses would recognize the valuable role we play.