Tomorrow starts Connected Educator Month! Members of the school library profession are highly encouraged to participate in CEM events and promotion. The CEM 2014 website hosts a multitude of tools including a CEM starter kit containing helpful links and videos; a supporter toolkit containing a collection of graphics, language and other promotional tools; an online edConnectr to connect educators with similar colleagues; and online communities, blogs and a calendar of events. School librarians should use the Twitter hashtag #CE14 when sharing their connected educator expertise and are encouraged to sign up for the CEM newsletter to receive updates about the initiative.
The Youth Programs Division at the U.S. Department of State has several opportunities for U.S. high school students to study abroad. For information on how your students can expand their horizons visit www.exchanges.state.gov.
Every school librarian has a leader within them! Learn how to release your inner leader with a complimentary webinar from AASL, “Coaching the Leader Within” presented by Ann Martin: www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/leader-within
For help in developing a long term, ongoing advocacy plan for your school library, take a look at the resources Heidi Neltner and James Allen shared during their presentation, How to Advocate for your School Library, at the Kentucky Library Association/Kentucky Association of School Librarians Fall Conference. http://bit.ly/1rmTBfx
Ok, so I am just saying, if you want students to flock to the library — buy a button maker! For Banned Books Week we bought a button maker and encouraged the students to make buttons relating to banned books, freedom to read, etc. I don’t know that I have ever seen students so excited about a project. I can not get them off of the machine and they are already thinking of other things they can do with buttons. One of the seniors wants to make buttons with college logos for college reps that are scheduled to come to our campus. We just created a maker space in the library and this has been a wonderful way to launch the idea of making.
Submitted by Cathy Evans, Director of Libraries, Tennessee
Pixar Animation Studios inspired New Milford (New Jersey) High School Librarian Laura Fleming to extend her school library’s physical space into the cloud: http://bit.ly/1uF1zRr