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November 22, 2014

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School Librarians Get No Love in Allentown School District

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Once staffed with 13 elementary school librarians and four middle school librarians, today Allentown (PA) School District now has one district elementary school librarian serving all 15 elementary schools and two middle school librarians split among four middle schools.

Librarians and social capital

Last week I was honored to address the incoming members of the Rutgers Chapter of the Beta Phi Mu (the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society). I decided to attack the theme of social capital. In preparing the talk, I did a little experiment. My audience was predominantly promising new practitioners.  I wondered if [...]

#whylib: sharing our origin stories

#whylib: sharing our origin stories

Note/update: the #whylib origin stories are now being collected on this Padlet.  See the embed below.This weekend a new hashtag meme emerged as a result of a little Twitter conversation. Sherry Gick wrote to explain It happened during a casual Saturday morning Twitter convo, but I think it’s amazing!  #WhyLib is the new hashtag to [...]

SLJ Talks to Two California Librarians About Their 9,000-Books-in-One-Year Quest

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What started out as one librarian’s personal book-reading challenge, has evolved into a dual-librarian effort to read their library’s children’s collection while servicing patrons better.

On closing one door and opening another.

Before I get started, I need to tell you that I am both honored and privileged to join the fine faculty at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. But I need to do a little sharing. A couple of weeks ago I said goodbye.  For the second time in my career, I didn’t [...]

Librarians in the digital age and an infographic round-up

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A look at some of the recent infographics about libraries and librarians, including one, “Librarians in the Digital Age,” produced by USC’s Master of Library and Information Management program.

YALSA’s Call to Action!

YALSA’s Call to Action!

It is a moral imperative for libraries to leverage their skills and resources to effect positive change and better the lives of millions of teens. In turn, libraries will be providing an invaluable service to their community and position themselves as an indispensable community resource. Executive Summary: The Future of Library Services for and with [...]

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 [...]

I am a {social} librarian

I am a {social} librarian

In case you missed it when it was posted in August, here’s a cool infographic published by the folks at Elsevier, that describes the way I see my position. The original post explained: Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric [...]

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

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

“There are 242 schools in the School District of Philadelphia. Only 16 librarians are left standing across that line. And what my [former] city colleagues tell me, is that NO Philadelphia public high schools have certified school librarians,” writes Joyce Valenza. “Consider this divide.”

TL Cafe Hosts “Back to School Special”

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September is a great time get your network on. On Monday September 9 at 8 pm ET, it’s the very special third annual Back to School Special, featuring an idea share led by Tiffany Whitehead (Mighty Little Librarian), Jennifer LaGarde (Library Girl), and the daring Gwyneth Jones. Visit the TLCafé homepage for instructions on how to join the event using Blackboard Collaborate.

Shannon’s Padlet on change and our other BLC presos

Shannons Padlet on change and our other BLC presos

Greetings from Boston where I’ve been learning and presenting with friends at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conference. I have much to report on, but first I want to share Shannon Miller’s Padlet asking folks to share their vision of library change–roles, responsibilities, physical spaces, collections, etc.–for the upcoming school year. The response was wonderfully [...]

Celebrating another meaningful declaration

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, [...]

College Readiness: Librarians Can Help the Transition | On Common Core

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Education buzzwords—whole language, multiple intelligences—come and go, but 45 states chose to adopt the Common Core Learning Standards. The questions educators now face are what types of instruction help students develop these skills? And how do librarians insert themselves into these critical discussions?

Pictures of the Week: McDaniel College Awards Maryland Teachers Librarianship Scholarships; the Opening Night of Girls Write Now’s Reading Series

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McDaniel College awards librarianship scholarships to twelve teachers working in underserved areas of Maryland; a presentation from the opening night of Girls Write Now’s reading series.