Quick overview of my past year working in two school libraries

This past year, I have been working in two school libraries. In these two 50% roles, I provided library services to students, teachers and other staff members. I supported the delivery of curriculum and the development of information literacy by helping patrons locate and use relevant print and electronic resources. I maintained the physical collections by shelving and repairing library materials. I facilitated book exchanges, literacy initiatives, provide readers advisory, and read aloud to classes. I maintained the library budgets, selected and catalogued new library resources. I promoted library services and literacy activities within the school and parent community through newsletters, posters and bulletin board displays. These have included providing information on the electronic resources purchased by the boards as well as free resources. I held two Scholastic Book Fairs, ran an event to participate in an Official Guinness World Record attempt for students reading and talking about a book, and promoted numerous other special events such as Pink Shirt Day, Forest of Reading, Autism Awareness and the Winter Olympics. I also participated in a some new initiatives. One of these was to move the school library toward a learning commons layout. I reorganized the physical layout of library and purchased new moveable library furniture. My presentation for this initiative is available at http://www.slideshare.net/sandragallipeau.

I continued my commitment to volunteering by again being the Strong Start Volunteer Site Coordinator at a school and took on additional roles as a Steering Committee Member of the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading program for Red Maple and as a member of the Library Advisory Committee for the WCDSB.

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Books

I have selected to receive an Early Reviewers copy of several books this month so I have lots of reading to keep me busy in June. All the books are ebooks which I will be reading on my Black Berry Playbook either as pdf’s or via an app depending on the formats available. As I making my way through the books, I will post reviews on LibraryThing and submit here as well . The books I received are as follows:

  • Hard Winter: The Novel by Neil Davies
  • Buddha Beach: Sedona, Arizona (The Southwest Gallery Series) by Deborah Carney
  • Weirder Than Marshmallows Book of Essays by Dan Carney, Deborah Fogg
  • It Rhymes with Bart by Tom Skinner
  • Special Dead by Patrick Freivald
  • A Cat’s Legacy: Dulcy’s Story by Dee Ready
  • 2000 Deciduous Trees: Memories of a Zine by Nath Jones
  • Pendant: The Undead Hunters (Book One) by Stephen C. Ormsby

Blended Librarian Webinar

I attended a live webinar yesterday entitled “Reaching Sustainability with Online Library Instruction: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”. The webcast was hosted by the Blended Librarian Community and was about reducing the burden of time and money producing learning objects. I have also presented on this topic so, some of the information was very similar. It was however, great to see others are also using the same vendor learning objects and repositories of shared objects. Heidi Steiner also discussed a number of free tools, that I had not tried yet. So, I have some work ahead of me to try them out. I will report back later as I test them out. The session was recorded and should be available shortly at http://blendedlibrarian.badgestack.net/