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MORE Great Web Tools and Apps for Student Engagement

In my last post, I included some great ideas for K-12 library media specialists as they collaborate with classroom teachers about quality online tools for instruction. Here are a couple of others, along with lesson plan ideas, that work well for some of my students. (Posted with permission) HSTRY: (Middle School level) Students will be required […]

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STEM and STEAM! Oh My! – A GaCOMO Recap from Ashley Pearson

As a GaCOMO first-timer this year, I must admit that I had no idea what to expect from the conference. I’d heard such wonderful things from people who had been to COMO previously and the innovative ideas they were able to take from the conference, but I didn’t know how COMO would inspire and motivate […]

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Great Web Tools and Apps for Student Engagement

I’ve discovered that some of the best advice I have to share with practicing school library media specialists comes from my own students at the University of West Georgia! For example, my Ed.S. students provide some excellent examples of developing student engagement through use of web 2.0 tools and apps. I’ve pulled (with permission) some […]

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Webinar Archive: Diversity in Children’s Literature

This session was recorded on Thursday, November 5, 2015. ***** Join us for a conversation with award-winning children’s book illustrator R. Gregory Christie about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. We’ll talk with him about his work, his inspiration, and his recent projects. R. Gregory Christie has been working as an illustrator for over […]

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It Takes a Village

I recently wrote a grant application (my first one!) for the “Best Small Library in America” award, given out by the Library Journal. As I was listing all the things that made our library great, I realized it was not any one person that made us amazing — it was a team effort. Each of […]

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Early Literacy Webinar Series Announced

Early Literacy Webinars are being offered as part of the B4 program; it’s an exciting lineup of experts, and this is a fantastic opportunity for your early literacy specialists to learn about some great topics (and earn some CEUs!). All of the events can be found at: http://georgialibraries.webex.com/eventcenter Sessions will be archived in GLEAN for […]

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The High School Library: Portal for STEM Programs Through ROV Support

When my 16-year-old grandson started talking about being on the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) team a couple of years ago, I knew he was referring to robotics of some sort. It was certainly not an area of expertise for this Grandmother librarian, so I didn’t realize the full impact of what he was explaining. Two […]

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The Incredible Fullness of Library Holidays

A lot of people don’t understand what I mean by the term “library holidays,” but I promise that you know what I’m talking about. These are the special initiatives that different library advocacy and professional groups come up with each year in order to raise awareness or provide a spotlight on specific kinds of services. […]

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Letting Your library Speak for You – Part 3

“A great library doesn’t have to be big or beautiful. It doesn’t have to have the best facilities or the most efficient staff or the most users. A great library provides. It is enmeshed in the life of a community in a way that makes it indispensable. A great library is one nobody notices because […]

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Not Everyone Thinks Well Of Us

I have been enjoying a professional renaissance for the past couple years, finding new joy in libraries and my identity as a librarian. Certainly, I had to get real low before I could be lifted up but the rise has been lovely. In a recession, libraries are especially valued. The materiality of our collections are […]

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