Category Archives: Uncategorized

A Matter of Perspective

a LibrariansLogic

When my “work plate” and “life plate” collide, I lose focus and both worlds suffer. By reading George Couros’ blogs, I usually gain energy, and I can re-focus. Such is the case with his recent take on “Why People Keep Going.”

Continue reading

January 2020 School Library CE Events

Note: The following events have been labeled as Professional Development (PD), Library Information (LI), Classroom Connection (CC), or Technology-Related (TR).

Share these webinar topics with your staff if they apply.

January Calendar

Jan 10: (1-2 pm) Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute) PD

Jan 13:  (4-5 pm) Leading Digital Learning: Successful Strategies for 1:1 Implementations TR

Jan 14: (1-2 pm) Presenting the 2020 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist) LI

Jan 14:  (1-2 pm) The Universal Way to Unlock Bold Change (InSyncTraining) PD

NOTE: You must open the remainder of the post to find more information and the links to these webinars. Continue reading

Tips for Writing a Successful Grant

In continuing the dialogue around grant writing, School Library Journal (SLJ) formed a panel of four librarians to discuss grant writing for a November 2019 webcast. That information was summarized in an SLJ online article. I am highlighting the tidbits here.

Lisa Mulvenna’s advice:

Tip 1. Before you search for grants or donors, decide on the problem you are trying to solve or the gap that needs to be filled. This step is your objective.

Tip 2. Work out your purpose and tentative budget.

Tip 3. Develop your why.

Tip 4. Develop goals and think about sustainability.

Tip 5. Find statistics that support the program or project’s purpose.

Tip 6. Determine its impact on the community.

Tip 7. What’s next after the grant has been used.

*************************** Continue reading

edWeb: The Professional Learning Network (PLN)

LibrariansLogicProfessional Learning Communities (PLCs) are popular in many schools, but I have found that Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) were also useful for me. edWeb.net is my favorite PLN.

They are a professional network that serves the education community by offering free webinars, presented by educators and education-minded individuals, on timely topics. I consider edWeb to be my personal learning community. Continue reading

December 2019 School Library CE Events

December Calendar

Dec 10: Getting the Balance Right: Social Media (Utah State Library)

Dec 10: Brain-based Presenting: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention (InSync Training)

Dec 10: Building STEAM Confidence and Creativity in Middle School (edWeb)

NOTE: You must open the remainder of the post to find the links to these webinars.

Continue reading

The Positive Force of Failure

LibrariansLogic

If you haven’t read anything by George Couros, I’d recommend bookmarking his blog and finding 5 minutes to read his posts. He causes me to reflect on my own experiences in a way that encourages growth. Such is the case with his recent blog, “The Feedback of Failure.” Continue reading

November 2019 School Library CE Events

Calendar

Nov 11: Cyber Security: Concerns, Strategies and Solutions for Schools (edWeb.net)

Nov 12: How to Introduce Fun and Playful Stem Robotics in Your Afterschool Program (National Afterschool Association)

Nov 12: Voice Devices and Beyond in the Classroom (edWeb.net)

Nov 12: Dishing Up Some Digital Citizenship (Future Ready Librarians)

Nov 13: Best Children’s Books of 2019 (Utah State Library)

Nov 13: Teaching Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know (edWeb.net)

NOTE: You must open the remainder of the post to find the links to these webinars.

Continue reading

Dysgraphia

What would I have done differently in my teaching career if I had known about dysgraphia? This invisible disability is of particular interest as October is National Dyslexia Awareness month, and sometimes dysgraphia goes hand in hand with dyslexia.

Recently I read about dysgraphia in Edutopia, an online education website that shares “evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower educators to improve K-12 education.” I learned that dysgraphia manifests itself in a student’s handwriting: inconsistent letter formation and problems with word spacing, punctuation, and capitalization. As these students move through school, they have trouble with writing fluency, floating margins and legible writing. I know that I had students that exhibited these traits. These students are oftentimes labeled sloppy, lazy or not detail-oriented.

Continue reading

Grow Your Graphics Collection!

Looking to beef up your Junior and YA graphic novel collection? Below you will find some authors that consistently have popular work, lists curated by ALA, YALSA, Common Sense Media, and more, and a list of some stand-out series and stand-alones that are great starting points for your collection.

Authors to watch:

  • Ben Hatke
  • Jarrett J Krosoczka
  • Jen Wang
  • Jennifer L Holm
  • Katie O’Neill
  • Nathan Hale
  • Raina Telgemeier
  • Shannon Hale
  • Ursula Vernon
  • Victoria Jamieson

Readers Advisory Lists: 

Highly Recommended Series and Stand-Alones:

  • Abigail the Snowman by Roger Langridge
  • Alabaster Shadows by Matt Gardner
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
  • Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Berrybrook Middle School by Svetlana Chmakova
  • Bone by Jeff Smith
  • Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 by Alex Alice
  • Compass South by Hope Larson
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Emmie and Friends by Terri Libenson
  • Hilda by Luke Pearson
  • HiLo by Judd Winick
  • Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt
  • Jellaby by Kean Soo
  • Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank Cammuso
  • Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure by Nadja Spiegelman
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
  • Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez
  • Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson
  • Narwhal and Jelly by Ben Clanton
  • Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
  • Olga by Elise Gravel
  • Owly by Andy Runton
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
  • Princeless: Jeremy Whitley
  • Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly
  • The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner
  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
  • The Chronicles of Claudette by Jorge Aguirre
  • The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo
  • The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson
  • The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
  • The Time Museum by Matthew Loux
  • The Witch Boy by Molly Knox OStertag

Dealing with Difficult Patrons

Getting to know your patrons is an important part of being a librarian. Regular patrons develop a strong relationship with their librarian and are likely to advocate for the library in the community. But for every super awesome patron, there is bound to be one that is a little more difficult. Classic examples of difficult patrons are easy to come by; they may have a strong body odor, talk too loud, run, bring their bike into the library, ignore all social cues, walk behind the reference desk, or expect you to remember their Facebook password among other things.

So, how do you deal with a difficult patron effectively? The first step is to make sure that you have policies in place and that you enforce them equally across all races, social classes, genders, and ages. Too often, policies are written as a reaction to difficult patrons. Save yourself a headache and write policies now. This will assure that you aren’t targeting one specific patron by writing a “no brushing your teeth in the 2nd sink of the upstairs men’s restroom” policy.

Make sure you treat your patrons with kindness when addressing them about a breach in policy. Librarianship is a customer service profession and responding in a condescending tone may only escalate the situation. Stay calm—especially when it feels like it would be easier to blow up.

Below are some webinars and readings that can help you learn how to cater your approach to dealing with difficult patrons. Hopefully these prove beneficial, but it may help to look at other communication or customer services training depending on your specific issues and library.

Webinars:

Some light reading on the topic:

  • https://bit.ly/2NE2kd7 This website provides scripts and tips for common library patron issues. The webinar through ALA is linked above (as is the book which is available through ILL.)
  • Difficult Patron Behavior: Success Stories from the WebJunction Community: https://bit.ly/2LK5Xho
  • Technology, Road Rage, and Customer Service: https://bit.ly/2NGJSAT
  • The case studies at the end of this PDF may be good discussion points. https://bit.ly/2uMJHNa

Online Courses through Universal Class: