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  • Thing 32: Annual Reports
    Oh, the annual report... I'm seriously lax here. I haven't done a formal one yet at this school, although I share successes and stats with my principal regularly. But really, really, every school library should have an annual report, if not monthly reports. They're our real bread-and-butter for advocacy AND ... read more
    Source: AhartPublished on 2018-06-25
  • Thing 36: Web PresenceOur elementary librarian, Jen, created a website using Google Sites earlier this year, and I've been interested in trying it too. As I began looking at the resources for Thing 36, I found Scotia-Glenville's Google Site and thought it was great. I sent an email to Debbie ... read more
    Source: WickPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Thing 12: Reflection
    1: What did you learn? I feel like this time I learned more about tools that would help me connect with my faculty. I didn’t go into this with my faculty in mind but that seems to be how it panned out. I think realizing that I veered more toward ... read more
    Source: ChaulkPublished on 2018-06-08
  • Thing 20: Create a Resource Guide
    When I first began the journey to a resource I guide I wanted to share with students. I wanted a fun and educational place for them to get all things library. As the school year progressed I realized I don’t need student buy-in, I need faculty buy-in. Students use the ... read more
    Source: ChaulkPublished on 2018-06-08
  • Thing 44: Social Reading & Book Stuff
    Goodreads, how I love you! I've used Goodreads since it started (happy 10 year anniversary!) and I maintain personal and professional accounts. My personal one is just for me, so that I can keep some aspects of my reading life "private" or at least between friends, AND I have a ... read more
    Source: AhartPublished on 2018-06-05
  • Thing 21: News Literacy
    Since my focus for Cool Tools is creating a research guide, I decided to delve into News Literacy. The lessons learned from being smart consumers of news can also help students conduct other types of research. Before bringing any of this to a student’s attention I think it would be ... read more
    Source: ChaulkPublished on 2018-06-05
  • Thing 41: Power Up Your Browser
    As the GSuite administrator for my building, I get to push out Chrome extensions to the entire student body and/or staff if needed, so that's what I focused for this Thing. I tried out a bunch of extensions locally and selected a few to distribute through the admin console more ... read more
    Source: AhartPublished on 2018-06-04
  • Thing 39: Online Learning & DIY PD
    I desperately wish that the NYC DOE would endorse 20% time for our contract-mandated professional development time! Staffwide PD isn't always relevant to my needs as a librarian and I love to ferret out new courses to take on my own, but I have to squeeze in the time to do ... read more
    Source: AhartPublished on 2018-06-04
  • Thing 38: Makerspaces
    In general, I'm finding that working through Cool Tools is generating this space for reflective writing and tinkering with my own practice (my web site, my PLN, key aspects of my teaching and my program), space that I don't always make time for as the end of the year steams ... read more
    Source: AhartPublished on 2018-06-04
  • Thing 18: Infographics
    This was the perfect topic to study at the end of the year, as I am looking toward a year-end report to give to share with stakeholders. In my previous district, my colleague and I usually did a PowerPoint presentation complete with pictures, examples of student work, and other points ... read more
    Source: SquierPublished on 2018-06-01