New Books for School Librarians

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Every now and then I share a list of soon to-be-published and new books for school librarians. I haven’t read these books so these aren’t recommendations; I just like to share what’s new! Enjoy!

Connecting Children with Classics: A Reader-Centered Approach to Selecting and Promoting Great Literature by by Meagan Lacy and Pauline Dewan.

Amazon’s Description: “This readers’ advisory and collection development guide identifies hundreds of books that can help children connect with books and develop into engaged readers. It enables children’s librarians, collection development specialists in public libraries, as well as K–8 school librarians and teachers to choose from the best in traditional and modern children’s titles.”

Implementing the Information Literacy Framework: A Practical Guide for Librarians by Dave Harmeyer and Janice J. Baskin.

Amazon’s Description: “Implementing the Information Literacy Framework: A Practical Guide for Librarians is written with three types of people in mind: librarians, classroom educators, and students. This book and its website address the implementation of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework of Information Literacy in Higher Education. One of the few books written jointly by an academic librarian and a classroom faculty member, Implementing the Information Literacy Framework packs dozens of how-to ideas and strategies into ten chapters specifically intended for librarians and classroom instructors.”

Successful Summer Reading Programs for All Ages: A Practical Guide for Librarians by Katie Fitzgerald.

Amazon’s Description: “Successful Summer Reading Programs for All Ages: A Practical Guide for Librarians provides the tools necessary to put together successful summer reading programs for each of these different age groups. Key elements include:Sample program ideas for early childhood, school-age, teen, and adult readers to suit any summer reading theme, Best practices for promoting summer reading to the community, Troubleshooting for common difficulties associated with summer reading programs, Tips and tricks for using software programs to manage registration and track readers’ progress. Public librarians serving children, teens, and/or adults will find everything they need to put together a successful summer reading program in this comprehensive handbook.”

Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Processes, and Practices by David R. Moore, II and Eric C. Shoaf.

Amazon’s Description: “Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Process, and Practices demystifies library space planning, inspires creative thinking, and offers immediate how-to steps to rectify seemingly hopeless situations. It describes an approach to library space planning that introduces and combines a phased implementation strategy with traditional space planning to allow library transformations and renovations to be done as a single project or a series of smaller, separate, and more manageable phased interventions. It allows libraries to meet current needs sooner, as smaller funding opportunities arise, instead of waiting on completely funded projects to develop.”

Cataloging for School Librarians, 2nd Edition by Marie Kelsey.

Amazon’s Description: “Cataloging for School Librarians, Second Edition presents the theory and practice of cataloging and classification to students and practitioners needing a clear sequential process to help them overcome cataloging anxiety. By following the instructions in this book, the new cataloger will become proficient at creating bibliographic records that meet current national standards, and make library materials accessible to students and faculty. This new edition fully integrates RDA while referencing its antecedent, AACR2. FRBR, Sears, the Dewey Decimal Classification and the implications of Web-Scale Discovery services are covered. It presents numerous examples of how to catalog books, non-print and electronic library materials using the MARC format.”

Reading Still Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community by Catherine Ross, Lynne McKechnie, and Paulette Rothbauer.

Amazon’s Description: “Drawing on scholarly research findings, this book presents a cogent case that librarians can use to work towards prioritization of reading in libraries and in schools.”

Do any of these books look interesting to you?  Can you recommend any other new reads?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

The Ultimate School Library Conferences Calendar 2017-18

For the past several years, I’ve published a list of all the school library conferences and related events in the United States.  I’m happy to post this year’s list.   Happy conferencing!

June 2017

  • June 12.  Alabama School Library Association Summer Conference.  Vestavia Hills, AL.
  • Jun. 22-27.  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.  Chicago, IL.
  • Jun. 25-28.  International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference.  San Antonio, TX. #ISTE17

July 2017

  • Jul. 18.  Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) Summer Refresher.  Bowling Green, KY.

August 2017

  • Aug 4-8.  International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Annual Conference.   Long Beach, CA.

September 2017

  • Sep. 21-23.  Kentucky Library Association (KLA) / Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) Joint Conference.  Louisville, KY.
  • Sep. 28-30.  Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) 2017 Conference. Murfreesboro, TN.  #TASLCon2017


  • Oct. 4-6.  North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) 2017 Conference. Winston-Salem, NC. #NCSLMA17
  • Oct. 5-7.  Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) Fall Conference.  Minneapolis, MN.
  • Oct. 7-8.  School Library Journal (SLJ) Leadership Summit 2017.  Nashville, TN. #sljsummit
  • Oct. 11-13. Nebraska School Librarians Association (NSLA) / Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Joint Conference.  Kearney, NE.
  • Oct. 11-13. Virginia Library Association (VLA) Annual Conference.   Norfolk, VA.
  • Oct. 13-14. Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) Fall Conference.  Portland, OR.
  • Oct. 18-20.  Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) Conference.  Columbus-Worthing, OH. #oelma17
  • Oct. 18-20.  Florida Association for Media in Education 2017 Conference.  Orlando, FL. #FAME17
  • Oct. 19-21.  Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Annual Conference.  Springfield, IL.
  • Oct. 20.  Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) 2017 Conference.  Upper Marlboro, MD.
  • Oct. 21.  Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) Fall Professional Development Day / Conference.  Location TBA.
  • Oct. 23-25.  Internet @ Schools (part of Internet Librarian Conference).  Monterey, CA.

November 2017

  • Nov. 1-4.  Washington Library Association (WLA) 2017 Conference.  (School division will have events and sessions).  Tacoma, WA.
  • Nov. 2-4.  Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Annual Conference.  Chantilly, VA.
  • Nov. 3-4.  KitLit Con 2017.  Hershey, PA.
  • Nov. 7-11.  Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2017 Convention.  Jacksonville, FL.
  • Nov. 8-11.  New York Library Association Annual Conference (includes a school library section).  Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Nov. 9-11.  American Association of School Librarians National Conference.  Phoenix, AZ.
  • Nov. 13-15.  Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference (includes the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE)). Indianapolis, IN.
  • Nov. 15-17.  Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) Annual Conference.  Lansing, MI.  #MAME44
  • Nov. 16-17.  New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Fall Conference.  Long Branch, NJ. #NJASL17
  • Nov. 28-30. New Hampshire School Library Media Association / Christina McAuliffe Technology Conference.  Manchester, NH.


February 2018

March 2018

  • Mar. 25-27. Wisconsin Education Media and Technology Association Conference.  Kalahari, WI.

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

Did I leave out your favorite event?  Want to add your conference’s hashtag?  Please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to add them.  

FREE Social Media Images for Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.  ALA has some free graphics on their site, but honestly, I dislike them.  I think they’re a bit juvenile.  So I created some of my own graphics for social media and would like to share them here with you.

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The Ultimate School Library Conferences Calendar 2016-2017

Looking for the 2017-18 school library conferences calendar? Click here.

One of my favorite things about being a school librarian is going to conferences and meeting other school librarians.  Here’s a list of school library conferences and events for the 2016-17 school year.


September 2016

October 2016

  • Oct. 13-15. Information & Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) Fall Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Oct. 14-15. Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) Hack! Conference.  Des Moines, WA.
  • Oct. 14-15. Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) Fall Conference.
  • Oct. 14-15. KidLitCon Annual Gathering.  Wichita, KS.
  • Oct. 14-16. Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) Annual Conference. Columbus, OH.
  • Oct. 15-16. School Library Journal (SLJ) Leadership Summit. Washington, D.C.
  • Oct. 17-19. Internet @ Schools (part of Internet Librarian Conference). Monterey, CA.
  • Oct. 17-21.Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Annual Convention. Las Vegas, NV.
  • October 19.  Library Journal (LJ) and School Library Journal (SLJ) Digital Shift Virtual Conference.  Online.
  • Oct. 19-21.  Nebraska School Librarians Association (NSLA) / Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Joint Conference. Omaha, NE.
  • Oct. 19-21. Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Oct. 20-22. North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) Annual Conference. Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Oct. 20-22. Virginia Association of School Librarians (VASL) Annual Conference. Norfolk, VA.
  • Oct. 21. Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) Annual Conference. Hagerstown, MD.

November 2016

    • Nov. 2-4. Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) Annual Conference. Grand Rapids, MI.
    • Nov. 2-5. New York Library Association Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY.
    • Nov 3-5. Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) Annual Conference. Murfreesboro, TN.
    • Nov. 3-5.  Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Annual Conference.  Tinley Park, IL.
    • Nov. 8-10. Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference. Indianpolis, IN.
    • Nov. 17-19. New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Fall Conference. Long Branch, NJ.
    • Nov. 29-Dec. 1.  New Hampshire School Library Media Association / Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference. Manchester, NH.

January 2017

February 2017

  • Feb. 2-5. California School Library Association (CSLA) Annual Conference. Rohnert Park, CA.

March 2017

April 2017

June 2017

Which one is your favorite school library conference?  Did I leave out your local event?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below!


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Interview With a Librarian: Heidi Doyle

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This blog post is a part of my Interview With a Librarian series. I interview librarians who share their career stories and the books they love. You can see all my other interviews here!

This week I’m chatting with Heidi Doyle, library media specialist and technology integration specialist at Sunapee Central Elementary School.


Q. Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a proud parent of a current UVM student who is getting a degree in Elementary Ed and Special Ed. I have a loving and supportive husband who indulges all my book and technology purchases. I have two crazy dogs that keep me company while my husband is away on travel. I feel incredibly lucky that I love what I do! I never feel like it is a burden to go to work and when I’m away from my school, I rejoice in coming back again.

Q. How long have you been working in libraries and how did you get your start?

I began working in libraries in my early twenties as an Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Marlboro College in Marlboro VT. After about 10 years, I earned my MLIS from Syracuse and got a job as an Elementary Librarian for HIllsboro-Deering Elementary School in Hillsboro NH. I spent 13 years at Hillsboro, learning the art of teaching, but never truly challenging myself. Then in 2014 I began work as a Library Media Specialist and Technology Integrator at Sunapee Central Elementary School. In this capacity I have grown so much as an educator, an advocate for libraries and as a person.

Q. What is your favorite thing about working in libraries?

Working in an Elementary School is the best of all worlds. I get to read great stories to kids, teach them about cool technology, and help guide them as future citizens of this world. My undergraduate degree in Theater and Psychology is put to use each and every day and coupled with my MLIS and the current work I’m doing in getting my Master’s in Teaching with Technology, I feel like I am prepared to handle anything! I also love working with other teachers and getting them excited about stories, using technology in their classrooms and challenging themselves to become better educators.

Q. What is the most challenging thing about working in libraries?

I currently have a very supportive administration, but this has not always been the case. Advocating for what we do, sharing our talents and abilities with the staff, students and community, going above and beyond what people expect is par for the course, but still many people do not have an understanding of what a librarian is. I see so many amazing things that librarians are working on, really preparing our students for the future in innovative ways, and yet I still hear stories about “bad” librarians and positions being cut around the country.

Q. What are some of your favorite books?

I adore the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems! I also find that anything by Eric Carle is easy to connect to some standard or another and the bright illustrations and repetitive text make them great reads for younger students. Another author that kids love that is also fun to connect to standards is Robert Munsch. For older kids, my favorite read alouds are Dragon: Hound of Honor by Julie Edwards, The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr and King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry. Of course, personally I also love to read graphic novels, so I am always stocking up on those for the library too.

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Q. What are you currently reading?

Currently I am reading several books about Makerspaces! Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez, The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson, and Worlds of Making by Laura Fleming are all on my nightstand.

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Q. Tell us about something you’ve done in or for your library of which you’re very proud.

I’ve started a Makerspace for our school, which is housed in the library. I have several students who use the Makerspace on a regular basis, and am hoping to share the wealth with classroom teachers through a series of workshops this spring. In addition, I have spearheaded a few celebratory activities in my school over the past few years. Dot Day, The Global Cardboard Challenge and Hour of Code have all been a big success!

Q. If money was no object, what one thing would you do to improve your library now?

I would have the space renovated! I am slowly trying to replace all the shelving with movable units, but the whole place could use a total makeover. The building is quite old and the library is in a space that used to be a gymnasium and theater. There is a stage on one end of the library and the ceilings are extremely high. I envision a partial second story that could house the books, 2 glassed in work rooms/computer labs, and still have plenty of room to host events.

Q. What are your favorite professional development resources?

The best professional development for me has come in the form of workshops with other like minded educators and school visits. I have attended the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, the Literacy For All Conference and the Building Learning Communities Conference in the past few years. Each one provides excellent hands-on workshops that I find something to apply immediately. In addition, I’ve been visiting at least one other school librarian each year. It is amazing to see what people do with their spaces, their limited resources, their schedules and their passions.

Q. Any words of wisdom you’d like to share with new librarians?

The one word of advice I have is to get out their and talk to people. I spent far to many years feeling isolated and alone because I didn’t take the initiative to get out! We are often the only people in our buildings who do what we do and it is hard to tell if we are doing it correctly unless we go and gather ideas from others.

If you’re interested in learning more about Heidi, you can check out her blog, One Librarian’s Journey.  You can also connect with her or follow her library on Twitter.

Many thanks to Heidi for sharing her story with us.  Please leave her a comment below to let her know you appreciate her.  If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming interview, please fill out this form.

Title image courtesy of Aleksi Tappura via UnSplash.  Headshot courtesy of Heidi Doyle.