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School librarians are rising school leaders | eSchool News | eSchool News

School librarians play an important role in schools, and will be invaluable as administrators and teachers transition to digital learning.
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“I see school librarians as school leaders, and I think it’s time for us to step up and be counted,” said Susan Ballard, former president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

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Shannon Miller: Integrating Technology into Curriculum through Banding Together - The Digital Shift

Shannon Miller: Integrating Technology into Curriculum through Banding Together - The Digital Shift | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
Shannon Miller, a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and former K−12 librarian of the Van Meter (IA) Community School District, turned a Rainbow Loom craze amongst her students into a learning opportunity called Banding Together.
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The Mover & Shaker, who has a background in art, had acquired the 3-D printer for the elementary school library back in January 2014 through a MakerBot 3-D printer grant and the education crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose. The printer has yielded rich opportunities for kids of various ages to have a voice, says Miller. Her second graders printed their own game pieces from fairy-tale characters they’d researched online.

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Classroom in the Cloud: Technology as a Learning Environment

Classroom in the Cloud: Technology as a Learning Environment | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
An under-utilized high school library becomes a constant learning organization and a place of cloud literacy where students send their avatars into 3-D virtual classrooms.
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In September 2013, I was recruited by then-principal Eric Sheninger to be the new library media specialist of New Milford (New Jersey) High School, and was tasked with seeking to improve student performance by developing an exciting and engaging learning environment for all

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Gayle Skaggs' designs turn school library into a wealth of inspiration

Gayle Skaggs' designs turn school library into a wealth of inspiration | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
Dinosaurs in the hallway, a safari in the library and an underwater world in the story room — Eugene elementary students enjoy immersing into imaginary worlds when they enter Gayle Skaggs’ room.
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For the nine years as one of the librarians at Jefferson City High School (JCHS), she shared her creative side, too. But it has been at Eugene where she’s really been able to shine, with the support and trust of her coworkers and administration.

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K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
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Pinterest is a different way to save material and tell your story.  Our presence is emerging–not as established as some other schools, but we are investing so much feeling into it..  We have a huge social media following and we plan to use Pinterest to communicate with the general public. We’re hoping it’s going to grow into something very positive in the long run. 

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With “GeniusCon” Project, Students Connect and Problem Solve ...

With “GeniusCon” Project, Students Connect and Problem Solve ... | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
Gick, a school librarian at Rossville (Indiana) Consolidated Schools, and Winner, a library media specialist at the Ducketts Lane Elementary School in Elkridge, Maryland, have a previous model for the project.
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As the organizers describe in joint posts on their respective blogs, they hope GeniusCon will foster “a learning environment where students feel empowered and learning feels authentic.”

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Stationary Bikes Join Books in Virginia School Library | School ...

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Be the Change: Are you ready to unleash the library leader in you? School Library Journal's groundbreaking webcast series will inspire leadership at every level. Learn strategies from the experts to help you take the lead ...
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Are you a leader? AASL needs you

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks to involve more members in the business of the Association. We need people who are interested in serving as both committee members, committee chairs, regional directors, and as elected officers during 2015 and beyond. Serving as a part of the AASL leadership will connect you with other school librarians and educators from across the United States and Canada who are focused on the needs of the school library community.

If you are interested and willing to serve in an elected leadership capacity in the near future, please fill out the nomination form in the link below.
http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/governance/leader-nom

If you are interested in serving on an AASL committee or as an AASL committee chair in the near future, please fill out the volunteer form in the link below. You will need to log in to the ALA website to access the form. Then you must choose AASL from the drop down box to proceed to the AASL Volunteer Form.
https://www.ala.org/CFApps/Committee/volunteerform/volunteerform.cfm?

Karen Perry
Chair, AASL Leadership Development Committee
email: perrykm5@yahoo.com
voice: 336.289.9489

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Taken from the AASL Forum, 18 Feb, 2014

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Who is the tech leader at your school: the school / teacher librarian ...

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Who is the tech leader at your school: the school / teacher librarian. Posted on December 10, 2013 by zipquestr · 0. As education technology has evolved, so, too, have the kinds of digital tools that school librarians use with their students.
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Librarians on the Common Core: Cautious Optimism | School ...

Librarians on the Common Core: Cautious Optimism | School ... | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
Be the Change: Are you ready to unleash the library leader in you? School Library Journal's groundbreaking webcast series will inspire leadership at every level. Learn strategies from the experts to help you take the lead ...
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Professional support for teachers is also high on Jenn Bogard’s list. As a preK–6 literacy coach for a 35-school district in South Berwick, ME, Bogard works with teachers at three schools to help them examine literacy standards and create CCSS lesson plans.

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Leading In and Beyond the Library

Leading In and Beyond the Library | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
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In districts and schools that are maximizing the use of libraries and school librarians as essential to the digital learning transition, the role of the school librarian is changing as it relates to other teachers, students, and administrators.

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How to Assess School Librarians | ALA Midwinter 2014 | School ...

How to Assess School Librarians | ALA Midwinter 2014 | School ... | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
Be the Change: Are you ready to unleash the library leader in you? School Library Journal's groundbreaking webcast series will inspire leadership at every level. Learn strategies from the experts to help you take the lead ...
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And the survey says.... Librarians speak out on 1:1/BYOD - Home ...

And the survey says.... Librarians speak out on 1:1/BYOD - Home ... | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
I believe these survey results and comments define the today's relevant school librarian. ... I have to work harder to collaborate with teachers in 1:1 grades, but I am seen as a technology leader way beyond the library walls.
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The Busy Librarian: Let's Get Busy with Jennifer LaGarde.

The Busy Librarian: Let's Get Busy with Jennifer LaGarde. | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
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Podcast (54:44) discussing librarian leadership and the need for librarians to step up their game in a world where administrators don't see the need for a librarian.

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Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd

Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
K.C. Boyd has created a culture of readers at a struggling South Side high school.
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Boyd’s willingness to purchase these titles shows a deep understanding and perception of her community. Many of her students come from neighborhoods where violence or crime is common. She can warn them against risky or dangerous behavior, she says, but “if they read a story with characters in similar situations, that story sits with them much more than what I would ever say. Street lit feeds into the social and emotional issues my students are dealing with.”

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Michelle Colte Named School Librarian of the Year

Michelle Colte Named School Librarian of the Year | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
School Library Journal has announced the winner of the first School Librarian of the Year Award.
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School Library Journal has revealed the winners of the first School Librarian of the Year Award. Library media specialistMichelle Colte of Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, Hawaii, snagged top honors for her “innovative use of technology and exceptional community engagement,” according to the announcement made today.

 

Sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, the award recognizes K–12 school library professionals for their achievement in using 21st-century tools and services to foster multiple literacies in their students.

 

Colte and two finalists—Andy Plemmons of David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia,

 

and Colleen Graves of Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas—are featured in the September 2014 issue of SLJ.

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Library Grits: Creating a culture of Academic Honesty

Library Grits: Creating a culture of Academic Honesty | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
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Teachers and administrators have a responsibility to be models of Academic Honesty, otherwise what they 'teach' is not authentic.  Use the schools academic honesty policy and add the words "teacher & administrator" alongside the references to student. Bring the meaning home. In most cases teachers and administrator talk the talk without walking the walk.

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Colorado Administrator Forges New Path for School Librarians ...

Colorado Administrator Forges New Path for School Librarians ... | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
Schools Chief Raises Academic Bar for Students in a Mississippi District · Minneapolis Leader Turns School Cafeterias Into 'Real Kitchens' · Colorado Administrator Forges New ....
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Ms. Bowline, the 56-year-old director of instructional technology and library services for the 43,000-student Adams 12 Five Star district north of Denver, chose to reimagine what librarians in her district could be—and think about how to leverage the little time they had to get the greatest impact on student learning.

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10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era | eSchool News | eSchool News

10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era | eSchool News | eSchool News | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
How can a school library support an increasingly digital education? Learn about these 10 changes to keep up with the digital transition.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 3, 10:39 AM

There are some really good suggestions here for school librarians. Take a look at the list and, as Doug Johnson would say, find your "sacred cows" among them and see what can be changed.

AlisonMcNab's curator insight, March 4, 5:51 AM

For @shirleyg164 and other school librarians

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Who won big at Startup Weekend Lancaster? - keystoneedge

Who won big at Startup Weekend Lancaster? - keystoneedge | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
keystoneedge Who won big at Startup Weekend Lancaster? keystoneedge Heather Lister, the team leader of Trackmylessons.org, is a school librarian who also teaches research and other skills in the Hempfield School District.
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Heather Lister, the team leader of Trackmylessons.org, is a school librarian who also teaches research and other skills in the Hempfield School District. She plans to pursue her startup -- methods for keeping track of Common Core Standards and providing data on teacher effectiveness do not exist.
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Donna Wilson, PhD: Guest Blog Post: The Essence of Leadership

Donna Wilson, PhD: Guest Blog Post: The Essence of Leadership | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
As Library Media Specialist, I have found that I support my students in a number of ways and leadership is becoming a more dominant part of my curriculum. Lately, many of my students have discussed struggles when working ...
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As Library Media Specialist, I have found that I support my students in a number of ways, and leadership is becoming a more dominant part of my curriculum. Lately, many of my students have discussed struggles when working with others in a group. Regardless of age, this can be a challenging task. Our conversations on the topic of leadership all become lessons learned through reflection. I model metacognition during my own tasks and encounters, but also guide students as they learn to be metacognitive themselves.

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Emerging Leaders: Class of 2013 | American Libraries Magazine

Emerging Leaders: Class of 2013 | American Libraries Magazine | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? I would like to learn how to become a good group .... Position title: Library Media Specialist. Name of library: Marquette (Wis.) Elementary .... Position title: Middle and Upper School Librarian.
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Maegan HeindelPosition title: Library Media SpecialistName of library: Marquette (Wis.) Elementary School Library

 

Susie Judd

Position title: Elementary Library/Media Specialist

Name of library: Butler (Mo.) Elementary Library

City, State: Butler, Missouri

 

Kathleen Riopelle Roberts

Position Title: School Librarian

Name of Library: Rivers Edge Elementary, Henricon, Virginia

  Annie SchuttePosition title: Middle and Upper School Librarian

Name of library: Maret School, Washington, D.C.

 

 Amy Jo Southworth

Position title: High School Librarian

Name of library: Bay Shore (N.Y.) High School Library

 

Stephanie A. ThomasPosition title: Teacher Librarian/ Media SpecialistName of library: Parkrose High School Library, Portland, OregonMarci ZanePosition title: Library Media Specialist

Name of library:  Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, New Jersey


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Free Technology for Teachers: Strategies for Getting Access to Websites Blocked By Your School

Free Technology for Teachers: Strategies for Getting Access to Websites Blocked By Your School | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
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Recruit supporters: if it's just you leading the fight you might be looked at as "that crazy teacher," if there is two of you you might be looked at as "those crazy teachers," but if you can get a third supporter then you've started a grassroots movement

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A Little Augmented Reality and Zombie Math with 1st Grade

A Little Augmented Reality and Zombie Math with 1st Grade | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, Em Smith Headley, 1st grade teacher, asked if I could help with their math standards using the iPads.  They have been working on using a variety of strategies to solve basic additi...
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The Mission of Librarians is to Empower - The Digital Shift

The Mission of Librarians is to Empower - The Digital Shift | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
empower - give (someone) the authority or power to do something – Oxford Dictionary of American English Someone whom I greatly admire recently set me thinking about the mission of librarians. David Lankes has that effect on many of us. In a talk late last year at the Digital Library Fall Forum, Lankes recast the usual …
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empower - give (someone) the authority or power to do something – Oxford Dictionary of American English

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 30, 1:04 PM

Our job is to empower....

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Leadership: School Librarian Evaluation QRv30n2p24.pdf

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 26, 2:02 PM

Great assessment too for school librarians included in this report. 

Linda Mercer's curator insight, January 28, 1:42 PM

Looks good!!