March 17, 2016
What is diversity? Is it race, gender, ethnicity, ability, or culture? Is it all of the above and more? If we work with diverse students and patrons, shouldn't our teaching strategies, programs, and literature collection be a reflection of our community and beyond? Librarians are faced with the challenge of linking these students and arming them with tools for life beyond academia.
Tags: Authors & Illustrators, biographies, book selections, collection development, displays, diversity, literacy, marketing, nonfiction, Picture books, professional development, resources, technology.
February 26, 2016
As Leslie and I get ready for our next webcast--you have signed up for it?-- I'm trying to read her choices and research all 30 books for the Spring LiveBinder. Today's book of choice is The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox. First of all, it has a creepy cover that screams the answer to "Where are the scary books?" Dozens of rooks swarm the castle's towers while a tiny beam of light streams from the narrow doorway far below. There's nothing except that small glow that remotely indicates that the children are welcome there. Glad the light is on in my office, I plunge into the book where I first encounter a drawing of what appears to be a charm holder.
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.
January 08, 2016
It's January and the highlight of children's book publishing season is just days away. Many of you are already in Boston for the Big Event (or hopefully safely on your way). On Monday morning at 8AM EST, the doors will open and the suspense will soon be over. Watch the Live Webcast here. Someone asked me the other day what I thought would win. Honestly, I've gotten my head buried in 2016 already. (With three imminent webcasts and a little bit of down time off the road, I've got to think ahead when I can.) So now that I'm thinking about 2015, I'll give you a couple of tips to remember.
Tags: ALA, Authors & Illustrators, awards, book selections, collection development, conferences, fiction, giveaways, graphic novels, JLG, literacy, nonfiction, Picture books, Printz, resources, social media, technology, The Horn Book, video.
December 16, 2015
Last week I was on the road--every day a different city. (And most days a different state) I led a full day seminar on Making the Best Use of Technology in Your School Library. We had lots of aha moments accompanied by pats on the head (POH) and inspirational moments as well. Everyone left with a long to do list (including me). Look for my handiwork to show up in JLG's Monthly Newsletter. Sign up for it if you don't want to be left out. For those of you who were there, what follows are books and websites that weren't in your handbooks for your ease of use.
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 12, 2015
On Monday and Tuesday I launched a new full-day seminar on 101 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your School Library Program. I visited Oklahoma City and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, taking along the 100ish page handbook that accompanies it. Like all workshops, we learned new strategies, and like all presentations there were new ideas that weren't in the handout. What follows are the titles and websites I mentioned that you wouldn't have heard about if you weren't there. Check them out.
Tags: Authors & Illustrators, biographies, book selections, booktalks, collection development, Common Core, conferences, fiction, graphic novels, JLG, nonfiction, professional development, technology, website.
October 26, 2015
For my last trip of the month, I went out of the box and spoke at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference in Reno. I was slated to present Bridging the Content Gap with Nonfiction, a new session I just wrote. I promised to talk about new nonfiction (I chose 30 titles), free resources for teaching, additional free information text resources, and technology to bring it all together. In an hour. Um. Yeah. While I was getting dressed, two thoughts came into my head: 1) Don't let my new grandbaby come while I'm gone and 2) Let someone show up for the session. So. What happened on Saturday morning?
Tags: book selections, booktalks, collaboration, collection development, Common Core, conferences, JLG, library outreach, nonfiction, professional development, programming, resources, Science, STEM, technology, testing, weeding.
August 05, 2015
This morning I did a fast 30-minute webcast on the INFOhio Boot Camp. The two-day virtual program, Training to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, featured sessions on flipping library instruction , Graphic Novels to Make Your Brain Bigger, and 5 Tech Weapons for Your Zombie Fighting Arsenal. With a keynote presentation by Shannon Miller, "Be the Change You Want to See," Ohio teachers and librarians had plenty to think about as they participated in chats, pre-session thought-provokers, and post-session quizzes. What did I talk about? "Free Resources to Make You a Marketing Genius" Want to know what I said? Keep reading.
July 13, 2015
I'm doing a keynote and several sessions over a period of two days next week, so I thought I should make sure I was ready. While looking over what I am supposed to talk about, a very terrible thing happened. I deleted a number of slides while adjusting a presentation and didn't save the original. You know that feeling you get when you realize there's nothing that you can do? It's too late to be saved and all your work is just gone? I had that moment. Little did I know there was a marvel ahead.