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I did my Snapshot Day last Thursday, April 7th, 2011.  I wanted to share some of the comments, quotes, and anecdotes we were taken from our student survey.  I’m also including two quotes from faculty and staff: “I love the way we work together and that you can help my kids accomplish the task at […]

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South Carolina school librarians impact the lives of their students daily. Whether working with entire classes or individuals, we enhance our students’ education. Study after study has proven the worth of effective school library programs led by certified school librarians. As of yet, South Carolina school libraries have not been featured in one of these […]

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Recently I was asked if I would consider making the trip to Washington, DC for National Library Legislative Day 2011. What a GREAT opportunity to network with library leaders nationwide, and have a (hopefully) captive audience in our congress for talking about issues that are greatly impacting school libraries. Getting the nod from my own […]

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I’ve seen this making its rounds in numerous places–namely my reader (which gets feeds from all my favorite blogs), as well as Twitter, Facebook, and more. It is picking up traction as it is shared throughout my PLN and there is a good reason why.  You see, most school librarians know we wear so many […]

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JFK got it — do you?

photo © 2009 Blatant News | more info (via: Wylio)(From CBS) This week marks a bittersweet anniversary: It was 50 years ago, on a cold and snow-covered day in Washington, D.C., that a relatively young and untried man stepped forward at noontime to take the Presidential Oath of Office. But for many of us of […]

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Recently the International Society for Technology Educators (ISTE) Special Interest Group for Media Specialists (SIGMS) brought some forward minded thinkers together to create another supporting document that increases resources in the school librarian’s advocacy toolkit. Working together, Joyce Valenza, Ernie Cox, Doug Johnson, Keisa Williams, and Wendy Stephens produced a supporting document for librarians to […]

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In recent discussions with friends, we have bemoaned the misunderstanding of what librarians do in a school. Defending one’s job is a tiring and lonesome battle, and in the midst of budget woes all around, downright fearful. In my network of friends, the discussion has been at times heated but plentiful. So what can we […]

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My Annual Library Report

There seems to be a demand to post/share our end of the year library reports (dictated by advocacy efforts to justify and save our jobs.) Somewhat incomplete since my colibrarian does not return until August, I have created one for our library.  It will be tweaked in August upon her return. 2010 Annual Library Report […]

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How many students lose?

Just read a tweet attributed to  Joyce Valenza showing a Google Map of all the places where school librarians have been eliminated (though I could not track that tweet down so here is the one I saw). How very depressing!  But instead of thinking “how many jobs cut” all I can think is “how many […]

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So we recently had our title changed to “school librarian” by our professional organization, and although I felt like it was a set back, in the grand scheme of issues that need advocacy, seriously the name change was small potatoes.  But recent events have suddenly made that name change completely fall off my radar. President’s […]

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