- To begin, I wholeheartedly believe in collaboration, and aim to be a model instructional partner with teachers. Collaboration will occur at varied levels, and I will work to integrate 21st Century skills, grade level content and the Big 6 into my annual lesson planning. I will work to create learners able to effectively utilize information technology in all future settings, not just the library.
- Secondly, I will be a go-to resource for staff, students and community when it comes to determining which avenue to pursue when researching. I will be continually broadening my knowledge base by attending professional development opportunities, sharing knowledge from others in the profession, and studying professional journals and blogs related to the field. I will provide as many online resource tools for teachers via my library website and keep it current and evolving. In addition, I will aim to ask administration if I may take part in staff meetings and share library news/trends in informational technology OR provide after-school professional development for teachers interested in informational technology.
- Finally, I will be a model teacher librarian by inspiring students to love reading and advocate for lifelong learning. My first priority will be to create an atmosphere drawing students/staff to be curious about what is inside the library walls. The interior and exterior of the library will be ever-evolving and representative of the season. Student work will be showcased often, student book reviews available on our website and/or by QR codes on books, and contests will take place several times a year involving reading advocacy. Outside of the library walls, I will advocate for reading by delivering book talks in a creative way, implementing a book club, showcasing student work, and celebrating all the yearly festivities and organizations focused on reading (i.e. Children’s Book Week, Banned Books Week, Book It!, etc.). The AASL also provides great ideas on how to be a reading advocate - I will aim to utilize this resource as I look for more ways to advocate for reading.
I cannot wait to collaborate, infuse technology and teach students, staff and community all the library has to offer!