Summertime means interview season is upon us. Tune in and learn how resumes and interviews have changed over the years. School Librarians and educators of all grade levels can benefit from all these resources.
What do you do when checkout has ended but the classes keep coming to the library? Consider the suggestions and visit the attached resources which you can use today to make these last visits to the library meaningful and fun for everyone!
As if the end of the year weren't chaotic enough, there's a good chance plans have been made for your library. Tune in this month for episodes devoted to the the unique challenges we face during the last weeks of school.
Do you get pushback about your graphic novels? Does everyone support your students reading these books? Join me as we consider the misconceptions and winning rationale to promote graphic novels for all our students.
How do you address lost and ruined books in your library? This is a challenge libraries have always faced. There are no easy answers and yet, our collections depend on loss prevention and recovery. Tune in and decide for yourself.
Have your teachers included Genius Hours, Passion Projects or 20% Time in their lessons? If so, this is your time to shine. Time to showcase your collection, research lessons, databases and collaboration skills!
What do you do when you are handed a self-published book? How does your library include these books in your collection? Join me as I consider the process and implications that come with self-publication.
How do you strike a balance in purchasing for your collection? What do you do to insure your students' choices are included and to what extent does crude humor find its way onto your shelves? Take a listen and decide for yourself.
How often have you resorted to self-censorship in your collection, circulation and checkout procedures? Is it just cowardly or have we just decided that compromising is necessary? This episode will ask you to call into question many practices used in school libraries today.
What do you honestly think about celebrity authors' contribution to children's lit? Are children's books becoming more politicized? Will your collection benefit from Netflix's latest sensation Tidying Up? Tune in to find out.
Join me as I address how the Holidays impact our library program. While our libraries cannot escape the craziness and disruption of our routines, we can embrace the chaos and have some fun along the way. Happy New Year!
Join me as I consider why school librarians exemplify what it means to be lifelong learners. I share feedback from a discussion board asking people from around the country to share their journey in becoming school librarians.
Join me as I contemplate how school librarians address the issue of leveled books both in our own libraries and classroom libraries. How do we support our students who have learned to look for levels on the books they read and why we need to empower students to find books which they find both manageable and interesting.
Join me as I share the presentation which I gave at MAME 45 this past week: Live Your Best...Library. I will also give an overview of this conference which is the state conference for school librarians in Michigan. Don't live in Michigan? This episode is full of great ideas for any school library organization planning a conference as well as for individuals planning on attending or presenting at a conference.
Join me as I delve into the divisive issue of classroom libraries and our role in supporting them as school librarians. Challenge the recommendations for teachers in creating a library of their own. Recognize the struggle for school funding and how librarians and teachers can team up to support our shared goal of growing readers.
Join me as I wrestle with the contentious topic of book snobbery in the library. Aren't we trained to be selective and judicious in how we spend our limited funding? On the other hand, we are responsible for servicing all our students' reading interests - not just the ones we deem worthy. And why all our collections should have a dessert section for our students.
Join me as I delve into the thorny topic of the role school librarians play as "Book Wardens" with our checkout policies and students' book choices. Can our decisions be justified and are our interactions with students reasonable when it comes to book choices?
Join me as I tackle the issue of purchasing materials for your collection. Avoid the pitfalls and consider how we prioritize how we spend our limited funds. I also share where I get my ideas for which titles to purchase.
Join me as I tackle the challenges of discarding books from your library collection. I'll share lots of strategies for repurposing discards as well as the mistakes I've learned over the years. Discarding is necessary but it doesn't have to always be unpleasant!