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School Librarian As Building Leader
The various ways that school librarians can informally and formally act as a leader in the building.
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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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A tip to Barbara's hats — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

A tip to Barbara's hats — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
But in a nutshell, it was because so many teacher librarian positions were disappearing, depriving students of an essential element in their education, because their role was not seen as valid, valued and valuable by ...
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Here’s a list of the hats to date:the reader leader’s hatthe reader’s hatthe leader’s hatthe planner’s hatthe visionary’s hatstudents’ advocate hatthe information service manager’s hatthe information specialist’s hatthe curriculum leader’s hatthe shape of the headthe teacher’s hatthe learner’s hatthe party hat
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Talk It Out Thursday – What is a Librarian? | The Printed YA Word

Talk It Out Thursday – What is a Librarian? | The Printed YA Word | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
I am a leader. I'm still trying to get used to this one, since I've always been more of a follower, but I'm becoming a leader. I have thoughts and ideas that I truly believe will better the library and perhaps even the school.
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Leadership: Filtering and Social Media

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Let's lead and make sure students and teachers have access to websites, including social media sites, to support curriculum as well as personal learning goals and needs.

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The True Adventures of a High School Librarian: Educators Have ...

The True Adventures of a High School Librarian: Educators Have ... | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF A HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARIAN: Veteran educator, librarian & Tech Coordinator| Passionate about 21st Century Ed |collaboration w/others|assisting students in becoming well informed, critically ...
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 The investment of time in learning new technologies like Google Drive, Doctopus, Goobric, Google Hangouts, Twitter, Flipped Classroom, etc will save you a tremendous amount of time in the long run.  You will scold yourself for not getting with the program sooner.
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Landing a school librarian position – Part 1 of 2 - ProQuest Blog

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In Part 1 of this two-part blog, we'll examine the qualifications most often cited for school library media specialist (SLMS) candidates. ... Leader; Instructional partner; Information specialist; Teacher; Program administrator.
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Let's Get Busy podcast: Teach Math with the Wii (Ep. 27) with Meghan Hearn

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A wonderful podcast between elementary school librarian, Matthew Winner, and a math coach who have collaborated on a book about using the Wii in math classes.

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TL Virtual Cafe - Session Page Leading From Library

TL Virtual Cafe - Session Page Leading From Library | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
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January 6, 2014 -- Put it on your calendar.

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Eric offers a new list of TL look-fors — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Eric offers a new list of TL look-fors — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
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An amazing article about what a principal is looking for in a school librarian. Talk about stepping up to the plate........

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Five MORE Conversations [About ...

The Adventures of Library Girl: Five MORE Conversations [About ... | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
In the end, whether you're known as a media coordinator, media specialist, school librarian, teacher librarian, information specialist, instructional coach or the man on the moon, people care more about what you DO than what your name badge says.
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The bottom line is, if your principal doesn’t know what you do, it is because no one has showed them. Which begs the question: what are waiting for? I want to stop having conversations in which we lament the ignorance of our administrators because the fact is that no one is going to swoop in and give your principal a primer on everything you do. That is your job. Only you can change their perception. It's time to quit talking about it and just do it.

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72% of librarians seen as tech leader. Not enough! - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

72% of librarians seen as tech leader. Not enough! - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2013/12/k-12/steal-infographic/

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After banging ...
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Whether called a consultant or a partner, the school library media specialist needs to be a major, if not lead, player in building staff development efforts. It builds our indispensability!

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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, 2014 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, 2014 2:02 PM

Great assessment too for school librarians included in this report. 

Linda Mercer's curator insight, January 28, 2014 1:42 PM

Looks good!!

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Chicago, IL: Lower and Intermediate School Library and Information ...

Chicago, IL: Lower and Intermediate School Library and Information ... | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
The Lower and Intermediate School Library and Information Services Specialist will be a leader in the school community, library and classroom. He/she will collaborate with all members of the school community and promote ...
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Note how many times the concept of "leader" appears in this job announcement.

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Success speaks volumes: CSLA librarian wins Carnegie award, 1 of ...

Success speaks volumes: CSLA librarian wins Carnegie award, 1 of ... | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
Kathy Meulen Ellison, teacher librarian, Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, Wash. • Harold M. Forbes, curator, ... Jennifer J. Jamison, school library media specialist, Atlantic City (N.J.) High School.
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“I am one of few librarians who teach kindergartners how to research,” Vlasis says. “Even though they can’t read yet, it’s never too soon to start the learning process.”

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TL Virtual Cafe: Leading from the Library

Blackboard Collaborate software solutions offer a social, interactive learning experience with virtual classrooms, online conferencing, instant messaging and more collaboration tools.
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Jennifer Lagarde and Jennifer Northrip (6 January 2014) Webinar

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I Love My Librarian Award Recipients Honored at NYC Reception ...

I Love My Librarian Award Recipients Honored at NYC Reception ... | 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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The 2013 media specialists were Kathleen Meulen Ellison, a middle school librarian who had been nominated by her aide for the past three years straight; Jennifer J. Jamison, a high school librarian whose nominator called her “nurturing, innovative, and passionate”; and Charlotte Carr Vlasis, a K–8 librarian whose nominator praised her ability “to build knowledge and resources for solid instruction.”

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School Library Story | An advocacy message

Written and narrated by Joyce Valenza Designed and produced by Walter Lynch

Via Karen Bonanno, Elizabeth Hutchinson
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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, December 20, 2013 1:03 AM

Make sure you share this video with your principal, staff, parents and colleagues.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:26 PM

Joyce, it's lovely to hear your voice! Please watch this and share! 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 31, 2013 1:04 PM

Great advocacy to teacher librarians!  Thanks for sharing Elizabeth:)

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Who's the Tech Leader at Your School? Odds are it's the librarian.

... are it's the librarian. Via Blue Skunk Blog: http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2013/12/12/72-of-librarians-seen-as-tech-leader-not-enough.html ...
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Kirkland educator inducted into Microsoft's Expert Educator program - Kirkland Reporter

Kirkland educator inducted into Microsoft's Expert Educator program - Kirkland Reporter | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
Kirkland educator inducted into Microsoft's Expert Educator program Kirkland Reporter Bell Elementary has announced that Julie Hembree, a Library Media Specialist in the Lake Washington School District, has been selected for the second year in a...
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Librarian Creates Site for Teachers to Earn Digital Badges for New Skills - The Digital Shift

Librarian Creates Site for Teachers to Earn Digital Badges for New Skills - The Digital Shift | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
Even teachers need a little acknowledgment for learning new skills, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming.
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To date, Fleming has laid out very specific skill sets for which teachers at her school can earn badges. They include becoming proficient in WeVideo, an online video editor, ThingLink, a graphics generator, and AnswerGarden, a polling tool, along with Wordle, a word cloud program, and QR Code Generator. Fleming now adds a new badge “each week or so,” she says, and she thinks carefully about what skills they will cover. She wants to be sure that the apps she recommends teachers learn will also be useful to students.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 3, 2014 1:30 PM

Ensuring teachers have the correct knowledge helps students to move forward. 

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The leader’s hat | 500 Hats

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Many teacher librarians associate leadership with hierarchy and believe that it is the domain of the principal and the school’s executive.

But anyone with specialist knowledge and skills acan be a leader, even students, and particularly the TL because their position within the school is often unique.  In many cases, there is only one of us in a school, perhaps several schools, and staff and students look to us as being the leaders in literature and information access and management.

Teacher librarians are ideally suited to lead from the middle.

 

Much has been written in many forums about leadership types and there are almost as many types as there are articles about them. Examples are

Transactional LeadershipSituational LeadershipTransformational LeadershipServant Leadership, andInstructional Leadership
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North Hills school library media specialist recognized for work - Tribune-Review

North Hills school library media specialist recognized for work - Tribune-Review | School Librarian As Building Leader | Scoop.it
North Hills school library media specialist recognized for work Tribune-Review Today, as a library media specialist in the North Hills School District, Spicer's integration of new technology into school libraries is why she recently was named a...
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