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A Librarian’s Legacy – Ruth Toor Honored with AASL Grant

Last week AASL announced the Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. A brilliant woman with a far reaching career, Ruth is no longer able to be active in the profession she loves.  This grant will ensure that her

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Ask Me How School Librarians Transform Learning

AASL has a new advocacy campaign.  At ALA Midwinter, buttons were available saying “Ask Me How School Librarians Transform Learning.”  It’s a great idea—if you are able to answer the question.  If you are unsure of what to say, you

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Know vs. Show

School librarianship is a complex multi-layered profession requiring a broad range of knowledge, competencies, and skills.  You have every reason to be proud of what you know and what you do.  And yet many of you find your abilities overlooked

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Defining and Supporting Literacy

It once was simple in the days before apps and the Internet. When all information came by way of books, magazines, and newspapers. Literacy was easy to define. It meant you were able to read and understand printed matter.  Functional

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Show Them The Evidence of Your Success

About two months ago I did a blog on reaching stakeholders by leading with emotions rather than logic.  It is the best opening, but what about the follow-up?  You need to show them hard evidence that a library program staffed

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Tough Choices – Brave Librarians

Being a school librarian can be a lonely job.  In most locations you are the only librarian in the building, and these days you rarely have any staff or even volunteers.  You may be the only librarian for several schools.

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You Must Be Visible To Be Valuable

In 1997, Gary Hartzell wrote an article for the November issue of School Library Journal entitled “The Invisible School Librarian: Why Others Are Blind to Your Value.”  Seventeen years have passed and little has changed for many – and there

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Banned Books Week

We have just finished the annual Banned Books Week and social media sites have been filled with lists of titles that have been banned currently or over the years.  Librarians and non-librarians have expressed their incredulity and horror over what

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Transformation – A New Mission Statement for Us All

AASL just changed its Mission Statement to the extremely succinct and very powerful, “The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.”  It assumes that librarians are and will be leaders and it’s putting its resources

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How Do You Get PD?

Professional development is not simple for school librarians.  Most of the time, what your school and district offer have only a tangential relationship to what you need  - and want – to learn.  In order to grow professionally, you must

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