June 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

WNDB Walter Grants Return | News Bites

A roundup of opportunities for grants, mentorships, and a new educator certification.

A Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit

A list of videos, articles, and other resources to help librarians be more culturally literate.

My favorite tools: Slack

This is the second of a series of post on productivity and organizational tools that I’m finding useful in my library work. If you’re not currently using Slack, you’ve surely heard of it. There are gobs of ways to use Slack for communicating with teams of people, and it makes a great compliment to the other […]

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

My favorite tools: Trello

This is the first of a series of post on productivity and organizational tools that I’m finding useful in my library work. I’ve been using Trello off and on, for professional and personal projects, since 2014. It’s visually appealing, simple to use, and dovetails nicely with Google apps. Trello, at its most basic, is a collection […]

What’s Your Why? Defining Your Mission | Take the Lead

When did you last think deeply about why you are a teacher librarian? I challenge you to articulate that. You will be empowered.

How To Become a Copyright Expert

Creative Commons certificates and workshops for librarians, educators, and government workers will impart mastery on a variety of copyright issues.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Importance of School Visits, by Kate-Lynn Brown

As a teen librarian, I’ve done three school visits for two different libraries. The first was while I was still in college. I spoke to the sixth graders about volunteering for the Summer Reading Club during their lunch. A middle school cafeteria at lunchtime. I was thrown to the wolves. Even the most seasoned veteran […]

Doing a YA Diversity Audit: Answering some follow up questions, including “What about the Conservatives?”

On posts, in tweets, and in my mailbox, one of the questions we – TLT – get asked a lot is “What about the conservatives?” Because we post regularly about GLBTQAI+ literature, talk about advocacy, etc., some are left with the impression that we do not care about meeting the needs of the more conservative […]

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: The How To (Part 2)

So yesterday I began telling you about doing my diversity audit. I began in a place that many people wouldn’t suspect, by doing a local community needs and assessment evaluation. I thought if I wanted to understand why I was building a diverse/inclusive collection, I also wanted to understand who I was doing it for. […]

Doing a Diversity Audit: Understanding Your Local Community (Part 1)

Tomorrow as part of the Library Journal/School Library Journal training on diversity Diversity and Cultural Competency Training: Collections & RA (which you should do), I will be doing a presentation on doing a diversity audit. I will outline what a diversity audit is, how to do one, and what I learned doing mine. I will […]

8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now

Jan Wilson, SLJ’s 2017 Hero of Collaboration, provides tips to boost your school library’s profile.

The Teacher I Met and How Hurricane Harvey will Affect Her Classroom

On Monday the family and I drove down from the DFW area to the Houston area, Katy to be specific, to help out a friend whose home was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The Mr. works on cars and he went to look at their cars and see if they could be fixed or were a […]

Bringing a Better You Back to School | Editorial

A new school year always inspires creativity. This year, librarians around the country are stepping up programming connected to learning goals.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Fun First: Make Learning Better with Play | Editorial

While it’s not a new idea that kids learn as they play, adults can take a page from their example: play more as we learn—and play in order to learn.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

ALA Recap: Libraries are Not Neutral Spaces (Things I Never Learned in Library School)

This past Sunday I had the honor of presenting with a panel of fabulous librarians about how libraries are NOT neutral spaces. Like most librarians, I spent a major part of my career proclaiming that we were. But over time, I have come to realize that we are, in fact, not. For example, if during […]

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SLJ’s Innovator Basecamp

I am just home from Boston where I attended SLJ’s inaugural Innovator Basecamp. Don’t get me wrong. I love attending conferences where I see my dear friends, some of whom I grew up with as a baby librarian. But yesterday, when I asked how many of the participants in my morning session were new librarians, nearly […]

Lilead Fellows for 2017–2018 Announced

The Lilead Fellows program is a long-term professional development opportunity for a select group of school district library supervisors.

Teen Book Club – Creating a Place to Read and Belong! (a guest post by Sheri Schubbe)

Everyone who works with teens in an educational library setting knows it’s a struggle to compete for a their time and attention. We’re up against schoolwork, sports, various extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, social media and technology. We want teens to spend time in our libraries and love reading, but it can be challenging to get […]

Things I Never Learned in Library School: The Best Made Plans . . . Still Sometimes Fail

On paper, it’s the perfect program. An afternoon spent making as we help teens learn various tasks they may need to participate in cosplay? Sounds like a great idea. It was an idea sparked by a comment made by a presenter at ALA in 2016. And we ran with it because 1) we have an […]