Repeat after me: Academic Databases are the Netflix for Nerds!

As a high school librarian, I know how important it is for my students to navigate and utilize academic databases. Ninety five percent of our students graduate with plans to continue their education, and will be expected to conduct research through their college or university library subscriptions. Teaching students to navigate the databases is notContinue reading “Repeat after me: Academic Databases are the Netflix for Nerds!”

Future Ready Libraries – The Conditions for Transforming a School Library Program: Video

This summer I had the privilege of sitting down for an interview with Britten Follett about the conditions that support the continuous transformation of my school library media center. This video will be used in Follett’s professional development workshops for school librarians. Take a look at the final product:  

ISLMA Virtual Maker Meet Up

Today I had the opportunity to share some of my MakerSpace journey with librarians around the state of Illinois in a digital maker meet up! The Illinois School Library Media Association does wonderful work to connect school librarians across the state so that we can learn and grow with and from each other. You canContinue reading “ISLMA Virtual Maker Meet Up”

Make Fabulous Bookmarks with Canva

I LOVE Canva. It makes me look like a graphic design superstar without much effort at all. This week I used the free online tool to create custom bookmarks that go along with our “Walk a Mile” reading challenge. The “Etsy Cover Photo” template inside of Canva is the PERFECT size and shape for bookmarks.Continue reading “Make Fabulous Bookmarks with Canva”

Walk a Mile Reading Challenge

Each school year, the reading specialists and I try to promote reading across our school through campaigns like One Book, One School or by celebrating students who read from our state library association’s recommended book list. This year, we were inspired to try something a little different thanks to Newsela’s A Mile in Our ShoesContinue reading “Walk a Mile Reading Challenge”

“Snap Up” These Books Before They “Disappear!”

If you are looking for a fresh book display, try this! Locate books with faces on the covers Make a copy this Google Slide Show for yourself Manipulate the images on each slide to fit your book covers Print the images Cut out the shapes Affix the SnapChat filters to the front of your booksContinue reading ““Snap Up” These Books Before They “Disappear!””

Discount Converse Meet our Maker Space

A few weeks ago I was approached by a young lady inquiring about our library’s 3D printer. She had found a great deal at the mall on a pair of Converse sneakers, but the shoes had a hole in the sole. Because of the way mannequins are built, stores must drill a hole in theContinue reading “Discount Converse Meet our Maker Space”

We’re so much cooler online…

Have you heard the┬áBrad Paisley song, I’m So Much Cooler Online? The lyrics to that song, specifically the chorus, have been going through my head a lot in the last few weeks. I have had Library Media Center Directors and technology leaders from around the area contacting me to see if they could make aContinue reading “We’re so much cooler online…”