The True Adventures of a High School Librarian

The True Adventures of a High School Librarian

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

We're BACK! The TL FREE PD Season Is BACK!


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Back to school time brings football games, pumpkin spice everything, and the TL (Teacher-Librarian) FREE Professional Development Season BACK! 

Did you miss us?!

Each year school librarians from across the country come together to bring relevant, timely, professional development to their peers.  We'd love for you to take the opportunity this year to step forward and let your talents shine together with us. 

1st Monday of each month


TL Virtual Cafe: Monthly, FREE, LIVE, Webinars
8 pm ET

The TL Virtual Cafe is committed to creating conversations about teacher-librarians,
educational technology, and collaborative connections to facilitate meaningful
and lifelong learning skills.

No need to register for our events - just show up! 

We are always looking for new presenters and topics.  If you would like to present a topic or get a group together to present a webinar please contact Tiffany Whitehead.


2nd Monday of each month


#TLChat LIVE!: Twitter Chat Session
8 pm ET

#TLChat takes place the 2nd Monday of each month at 8 pm ET (unless there is a holiday or natural disaster).

#TLChat LIVE! Twitter chat session will follow a Q1/A1 format. Leading questions will be asked using Q1, Q2, etc. Please provide input/answers/links/etc to each question using the corresponding A1, A2, etc. so that the conversation can be followed easier.

A poll for voting on the topic to be discussed is posted on Twitter at least one week prior to the chat and is also posted during the preceding TL Virtual Cafe webinar.

#TLChat LIVE! moderators are needed.  Please step forward, shrug off your comfort zone and volunteer!

Click HERE to volunteer as a moderator.  Volunteer a friend too!


3rd Monday of each month


TL News Night: YouTube Live Event

TL News Night is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries”and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts from state library associations and the general education community.

Official hashtag for asking questions during a TL News Night Broadcast is: #tlchat

When YOUR state school library association is ready to be our special guests please contact Nikki D Robertson.




None of these three monthly events could happen without YOU!  We need your ideas, your voice, your participation, and your willingness to volunteer as a presenter of moderator.  Together we can provide the professional development so many of us just don't get from our local schools or districts. 


Monday, September 5, 2016

Making the Move: Google Hangouts On Air Is Now YouTube Live



The change from Google Hangouts On Air to YouTube Live (officially starts September 12, 2016) didn't concern me until I tried to actually set up a live event and became confounded and bogged down by the whole "encoding" nightmare.

Forget about encoding unless you are an advanced videographer.

The issue that threw me off was how to set up a YouTube Live Event for a future date without the use of encoding (custom vs. quick).  Perplexed and frustrated after hours of researching, playing around with YouTube Live, and reaching out to my PLN for assistance, I finally figured out a solution! YAY!

Below is the Google Slide presentation with step by step picture directions.  If you have any questions or see a step I have missed please contact me.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Stand Up 4 Intellectual Freedom



September is the month when libraries all across the country celebrate Banned Books Week and Banned Website Awareness Day.  I decided to merge the two events and celebrate all month long in the JCHS Library.

Part of our job as school librarians under both Every Student Succeeds Act (*ESSA), as a Future Ready Librarian, and as a member of the American Librarian Association (ALA) is to  "promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all ."

Teaching students how to be involved, knowledgable, active citizens and learning about their 1st Amendments rights as well as their right to intellectual freedom and how excessive Internet filtering in K-12 schools undermines 21st century learning, is a skill we should be teaching and encouraging, not squelching.  

I created an interactive display where students can write what websites and/or apps are currently blocked by our school district that they need or feel they should have access to at school. Additionally, I created a form letter students can use to email Dr. Fowler, our school district superintendent, to voice their concerns about banned/blocking in our district.  Below is the email I sent out to teachers at my school to get the word out about this month long activity:

Let students have a voice (#stuvoice) about access to websites and apps that are currently blocked by our school district.  
Banned Website Awareness Day (September 28th) will be observed all month in the JCHS Library.  Students are encouraged to email Dr. Fowler regarding websites/apps that are currently blocked by MCS and why they would like these restrictions removed. A form letter can be found here: snap.vu/14bq 
I have witnessed students trying to research breast cancer and MCS blocks the search because of the word BREAST.  Also, students researching To Kill a Mockingbird have been similarly blocked due to the work KILL.  SnapChat is also blocked but is an important app I use to connect and communicate with students. These are just a few examples of the unnecessary and overly restrictive blocks currently in place in our school district.
This is a great persuasive writing activity and teaches students their role as an active, involved citizen and an advocate for intellectual freedom.












*ESSA: 
AASL supports the position that an effective school library program plays a crucial role in preparing students for informed living in an information-rich society. 

*Future Ready Schools & Future Ready Librarians:
“Future Ready Librarians can and should help students develop into responsible digital citizens. Librarians can empower students to constructively share their words and use their voices to advocate for positive change in our schools and communities.”