Cultural Proficiency in the School Library

Recently, our school's staff had a professional development session about Cultural Proficiency. I consider myself as a librarian to be very open and welcoming to ideas and cultures that are different from mine. I decided I would listen to the presentation through the lens of the library, hoping to find something new. I left with …

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Building Community through Student Ownership

In a conversation with a teacher the other day, she remarked how much she enjoyed seeing "student stuff" around the library. I kind of laughed and wasn't really sure what she was talking about; of course we have the forgotten agenda, an occasional lunchbox, and the renegade pencil case, but she mentioned things I didn't …

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Top 5 Takeaways: My Experience at SLJ Leadership Summit 2017

One of the things I love most about being a school librarian is networking with other librarians - to collaborate, share ideas, and get inspiration for how to improve my practice. Through a generous scholarship from the Virginia Association of School Librarians, I was able to attend the 2017 School Library Journal Leadership Summit in …

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Genrefying, Two Truths and a Lie (Part 4, Lie: It’s Not Worth It – But It Really Is!)

Lie: It's Not Worth It (But It Really Is!) This is the last in a series of four posts about my experience genrefying the fiction section of my middle school’s library. Click here for the first post in the series, here for the second post, and here for the third. Yes, genrefying took a LOT of planning. It was …

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Genrefying: Two Truths and a Lie (Part 3, Truth 2: Not Everyone Will Love It – But Most Will)

Truth 2: Not everyone will love it - but most will. This is the third in a series of four posts about my experience genrefying the fiction section of my middle school’s library. Click here for the first post in the series and here for the second post. 2015-2016 (First year, post genrefying)  Our library …

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Genrefying: Two Truths and a Lie (Part 2, Truth 1: Genrefying Takes Planning & Work)

(Side note: This approach has pros & cons. Pros: I could do it during the school year. I didn't want to wait until the summer to do it all in one shot. I also weeded as I was genrefying and learned my collection at the same time. Cons: A lot of my other stuff took …

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