The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Wenndy Pray from Sharyland ISD in Mission, Texas. She has worked for 3 years in a school library where she serves over 800 junior high students and their teachers.
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In this week's podcast Wenndy does a wonderful job describing her first year in the library and shares the value her librarian mentor played in helping her grow into a strong librarian. Wenndy learned to set goals and was challenged to document her year, which allowed her to celebrate her many successes at the end of the year. You can read more about Wenndy’s first year as a librarian in this article she wrote. Reflections Of A First-Year Librarian http://tasltalks.blogspot.com/2018/01/reflections-of-first-year-librarian.html
Here are some Librarian Influencer strategies Wenndy shared:
- Find a content group to initially connect with your first year. You can branch out in future years.
- Become a parent liaison for parental engagement.
- Attitude and enthusiasm are everything! It’s contagious!
- Her technology skills have proven to be invaluable in helping her support her patrons.
- Donors Choose is a way she brings additional funding to her library.
- She uses MackinVIA as a single sign-on for her patrons.
These are some ways Wenndy stays sharp as a librarian:
- Twitter Chats http://txlchat.weebly.com/
- Texas Library Journal https://txla.org/news-publications/publications/texas-library-journal/latest-issue/
- TxASLTalks Advocacy for All http://tasltalks.blogspot.com/
Her professional book recommendation is Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader. Check out the Librarian Influencer's Good Reads for other great book recommendations. https://www.laurasheneman.com/social-media
My chat with Wenndy was 100% filled with useful advice and tips! I can’t wait for you to listen. You’re going to walk away with practical ideas you can implement immediately in your library. Listen to see how Wenndy transformed from doubting herself at the beginning of the year to having a hugely successful first year in the library! Click here to listen in now! https://www.laurasheneman.com/podcast.
You can follow Librarian Influencer Wenndy Pray at:
Twitter: @WPray_ https://twitter.com/wpray_
Instagram: @PrayTellLibrarian http://hotsta.org/praytelllibrarian
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