The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

Monday, October 17, 2016

Changes Ahead For #TLChat (Cross Post)




Seven years ago, our amazing tribe of Teacher Librarians embarked on a journey to deliver much needed professional development on library and technology topics. At the time, there were no such free opportunities to be found to meet this need, so the TL Virtual Cafe Webinar Series was born. School library leaders Joyce Valenza and Gwyneth Jones, along with numerous others, started offering monthly webinars to teacher librarians and other interested educators. Not only did this webinar series provide valuable free professional development opportunities, but it also helped to build and strengthen our tribe.

In the past several years, we’ve expanded our offerings to include monthly Twitter chats and News Night broadcasts to further engage our community. Our #TLChat tribe includes so many inspiring educators who generously share their knowledge and experiences with others. It has been an incredible honor to be part of such an inspiring group of people.

Over time, we have found a decline in participation in our professional development offerings. This is no doubt due in part to the wealth of learning opportunities now available online. We are glad to have been able to provide great opportunities to learn three times a month for the past few years. We have reached the point, though, where we feel that it is time to reevaluate our offerings in order to best serve our community and learn together.

For the months of November and December, we are putting a pause on our professional development offerings to make plans to revamp our offerings starting in January. Although we are still working out the details of what that will look like, we will return on the first Monday of each month at 8PM Eastern Time, starting on January 2, 2017.

We are looking for new voices to get involved with our professional development offerings, in whatever form it may take. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill out the form below to let us know your interest and contact information.

Thank you so much for supporting our #TLChat community. We look forward to what the future holds for our tribe!



Sunday, October 16, 2016

We Got the Beat! Yeah! We Got the Beat!





This week in the JCHS Library was a real treat as the JCHS Library and Special Education classes collaborated with Mr. Stuart Tankesley, Assistant Band Director and Choir Director at James Clemens High School, to bring the book, “Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music” to life.


Mr. Tankesley arranged for percussionist and newly crowned Homecoming Queen, Elisia Alampi, brought an array of percussion instruments for student to learn about and have an opportunity to experiment with the different sounds each instrument makes.


Each Thursday JCHS Special Education Self Contained classes come to the JCHS Library for story time and time of their own in the JCHS MakerSpace. This week students were welcomed with the sounds of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, for whom the book was inspired.

We read the book and then Elisia demonstrated the instruments she brought.  We then had students take turn creating beats to be played.  

This collaboration has been one of my favorites so far this school year!


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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Camp Out with a Good Book in the JCHS Library



Teen Read Week will be observed for the whole month of October in the JCHS Library....with S'mores!

During the month of October students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to observe Teen Read Week and celebrate their love of reading by creating a book review.

Participants get to continue the celebration by making gooey, chocolatey, s'mores in the JCHS Library "campsite".

Stay tuned to the @JCHS_Library social media feeds for updates all month long!









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Saturday, October 8, 2016

The New JCHS Library Media Team: Ready to Connect, Share, Learn & Grow with YOU!






It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to introduce the new JCHS Library Media Team: Ms. Laura Smith, Ms. Holly O'Neal, and myself.

James Clemens High School has a rapidly growing school population.  With our current student numbers, James Clemens High School has received Foundation Funding from the state department specifically earmarked to provide students with a certified school librarian, a second certified librarian and/or a "tech" related person, and a school library media aide.  I am grateful to Dr. Fowler and Dr. Clayton for recognizing and facilitating the changes needed to accommodate this student growth.

To best serve the needs of students and teachers we have split up our main responsibilities.

Ms. Smith will:
  • Spearhead the JCHS Library MakerSpace 
  • Maintain/run the MediaCast system
  • Troubleshoot & assist with technical operations in the Harvard Room
  • Facilitate ACCESS students
  • and so. much. more.

Ms. O'Neal will:
  • Supervise students coming & going from the JCHS Library
  • Assist students with printing & copying needs
  • and so. much. more.

Ms. Robertson will:
  • Spearhead the overarching JCHS Library program
  • Offer technology related professional development in one on one, small group, and/or co teaching opportunities
  • and so. much. more.


We look forward to serving the needs of JCHS students, teachers, and administration this school year.