A First Year Librarian with a 5 Year Plan! with Sarah Jones


The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Sarah Jones from Justin Elementary in Northwest ISD in Dallas/Fort Worth part of Texas. She just wrapped up her 1st year as a school librarian with 18 years total in education.


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In this podcast Sarah recalls many lessons learned and shares her accomplishments during her first year in the library.

- She inherited one of the oldest libraries in her district.

- She needed to revamp the whole program, including her collection which was over 20 years old.

- She reorganized the library to be more user-friendly.

- Her priority was building relationships.

- She came to realize that not everything will be perfect. And that’s OK!

Here are a couple of Librarian Influencer strategies Sarah shared:

- She uses a variety of strategies to network with teachers.

- She saw a huge increase in her circulation during one semester!

- She supported teachers as they adopted 1:1 chromebooks.

- Her 5 year plan helps guide how she will meet all her goals.


These are some professional technology resources Sarah uses to stay sharp as a librarian:

- Lucy Calkins writing resources - https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3ALucy+Calkins&s=relevancerank&text=Lucy+Calkins&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1

- School Library Program: Standards and Guidelines for Texas https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/ld/schoollibs/costforstandards/School%20library%20program%20standards%20Final%20Version.pdf

- TCEA’s Elementary Technology Conference - https://elementary.tcea.org/https://tcea.org/resources/techedge/


My chat with Sarah was so inspiring - a first year librarian with a 5 year plan!


You can follow Librarian Influencer Sarah Jones at:

Twitter: @jonessarah005 https://twitter.com/jonessarah005



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Laura Sheneman, EdD, MLS

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