May 09, 2017
In our webcast today, my guest Nick Glass, Founder and Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net, and I talked about creative ways to promote summer reading programs, from supporting student choices using recommended booklists to modeling booktalks after Meet-the-Author book readings...and much more.
February 09, 2017
In our webcast today, I shared four ways to strengthen diversity in your library program. As I said, every effort you make towards inclusion and diversity matters to someone. By being aware, keeping up with the literature, shaking up your programming and bringing in outside resources, the impact you can make is so valuable.
December 20, 2016
You can teach an old dog new tricks! Woof! Woof! Yesterday Kayleigh and I played around with video on social media. It was Christmas sweater day, so I brought out my Mrs. Claus outfit. Nostalgic for winter booktalks with my kids, I did my first Facebook Live. How hard was it to shoot live?
October 03, 2016
What are your Super Powers? Are you willing to try anything once? Can you use the power of duct tape to keep a much-loved book together for a half dozen more reads? Do your technology skills allow you to create infopics that drive new customers through your door? Do you know everything?! (or at least where to find the answer?) Then you, my colleague, have Super Powers.
July 05, 2016
As I polished my Presentation Tools for the 21st Century workshop this morning, I also updated the 101+ (Mostly Free) Online Resources LiveBinder. With the ever-changing world of presentation tools, it seems impossible to keep up. However, AASL just released their new list of Best Websites and Apps for Teaching and Learning. There you'll find a crossover of tools that are both website and apps. These vetted tools will help you whittle down the options. I, myself, am venturing out from PowerPoint and using one of last year's tools for most of my presentations. It's called Haiku Deck.
May 03, 2016
While pinning things you should know from my email, I was reminded that May is National Pet Month. Wouldn't it be fun to have an infographic about 9 Books about Pets for Celebrating Pet month? You see those graphics all the time on Pinterest. What are people using? Can I do it in Word? Would a table be better so the holes are filled? I asked my graphic designer, but she's a Mac girl, and wasn't sure Word would let me do it. Determined to find an answer, I opened a new Word doc. Here's what I learned.
February 09, 2016
Today I led a webcast for mostly public librarians in Jacksonville, Florida. We talked about 4 ways to serve youth in the library: developmental changes, librarian competency skills, customer service tips, and social media strategies. From improving our circulation procedures to polishing our technology skills, we could all (school libraries included) use some reminders about how we can best serve our youth. What about you? What's on your improvement plan? How can we best serve our youth? Read on for resources to take you in the right direction.
February 01, 2016
Dear Deborah, I would like to do a presentation on how school libraries impact student learning. What is the name of the district that saved their jobs? What other resources can I use--Michelle Miles of Salt Lake City, Utah
December 16, 2015
Pictures are worth a thousand words. Wouldn't it be nice to see something that might appeal to your kids? Do you have to think it up yourself? In the midst of trying to do so many things at once, though, where's your inspiration for new display ideas?
November 18, 2015
One broken suitcase later (the wheel literally fell off), I'm back in the office after another amazing NSTA Regional Conference. Philadelphia offered much of what it often does in November--a nip in the air, street musicians, and a plethora of food choices in the Reading Terminal Market. I opted for the cheese steak and a seat at Molly Malloy's.