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Are You a River or a Rock? With Susan Grigsby

The Librarian Influencer of the Week Susan Grigsby began her library work as a library clerk and then moved on to being the librarian. She has worked with libraries at a religious day school, middle school, district library coordinator, and now at an international school!

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

- Libraries were her second career in life and she immediately felt at home!

- Infusing information literacy with curriculum was a hot topic!

- Flexible scheduling would allow for more meaningful collaboration with the teachers.

- Learn to speak the language of the other educators on campus so you can use your library program to solve problems the other educators have.

Here are a couple of Librarian Influencer strategies Susan shared:

- It’s important to teach skills in context.

- Lead from the middle - we see all students weekly and as they progress through the grades at our campus.

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

- Doug Johnson Blue Skunk Blog -

- LM_Net

- Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget by Diana Rendina ISBN-13: 978-1564843913

- Author: Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer, Reading in the Wild)

- The Third Teacher ISBN-13: 978-0810989986

My chat with Susan was very interesting and intriguing to see how she moved from library clerk to international school librarian.

A personal message from Susan:

“I would also advise new librarians to join their state school library association as well as ALA and AASL. For those interested in honing their technology skills, membership in ISTE is a good value. Also, they will get some great information and/or support by following the Facebook groups I’ve listed below:

- FutureReady Librarians

- The School Librarian’s Workshop

- Learning Librarians

- Int’l School Library Connection (for those that might be interested in international teaching; job postings start up every year in early October)”

You can follow Librarian Influencer Susan Grigsby at:

- Twitter:@sksgrigsby


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