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December 21, 2014

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SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

I am so embarrassed to have missed these announcements, 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.

Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

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Dr. Judi Moreillon and her Texas Women’s University colleague, Dr. Teresa Starrett just launched the powerful crowdsourced film, Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School.

Michelle’s take on old conversations to bag for a new year

While many of my other friends and colleagues were thinking about what they plan to think about over the coming year, my friend, Michelle Luhtala, shared her thoughts on conversations and worries that we ought to be able to put away in 2014 in favor of fresh thinking. She graciously allowed me to share this […]

A tip to Barbara’s hats

A tip to Barbara’s hats

I met Barbara Braxton when I was traveling in Australia a couple of years ago, but I’ve admired her voice for so many years. When I think about it, she may have been the first of the truly networked librarians. An ACTIVE member of LM_NET from the beginning, she continues to be both visible and active on […]

Jennifer’s perception flowchart

Jennifer’s perception flowchart

I was extremely flattered and newly inspired by Library Girl, Jennifer LaGarde’s thoughtful perception flowchart, in response to my last post. (In fact, if you haven’t read her blog, or seen the eloquent way she visually transmits concepts, please stop reading and take a trip there right now.) Jennifer reminds us:  Your work has to […]

Eric offers a new list of TL look-fors

Thank you, Eric.  Thank you for sharing your vision for a library program, as well as some concrete examples of a teacher librarian’s contribution to a school’s learning culture. In a blog post yesterday, Eric Sheninger, the highly-respected, highly-networked principal/leader of New Milford (NJ) High School, shared how to search for, how to court, and how to empower a teacher librarian/change agent: In […]

Librarians and Danielson and PA

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 […]

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 […]

The new community-sourced Classroom 2.0 Book

To celebrate its 5th anniversary the Classroom 2.0 Community (with the help of additional educational networks), recently released the community-sourced  Classroom 2.0 The Book. Inspired by and led by community founder, Steve Hargadon, with Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) and Chris Dawson (ZDNet Education), the project’s official deadline for submissions was today, April 21st. In […]

New Zealand: The future of library services to NZ students

New Zealand: The future of library services to NZ students

A couple of summers ago I was invited to visit New Zealand and speak at the SLANZA Conference. I will never forget the warm welcome, the energy, and the passion of the librarians I met in Auckland.  While I was there I toured the National Library of New Zealand and had the pleasure of meeting […]

Making the Principal Connection

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Mark Ray asserts that principals and librarians have a lot more in common than you might think—and he should know. After 20 years as a teacher librarian, the 2012 Washington Teacher of the Year has become a district IT administrator. From his new perch, he shares insights into the the pivotal alliance possible between two key solo players in the school: librarian and principal.

#tlchat was even more live last night

#tlchat was even more live last night

I’ve said it before, but last night was further proof of the power of our growing TL network.  The live Monday night twitter chat (#tlchat) we began back in September, ran on both Twitter and Google+ Hangouts last night.  And our intrepid team managed and archived both platforms. The topic was: Get Those Books Moving: […]