The Librarian Influencer of the Week is New York librarian Margaux DelGuidice-Calemmo! Click here to listen now!
Here are some librarian influencer tips Margaux shared:
Leave your personal baggage at the door. Don’t get involved in the grade/department level drama.
Approach your principal as a team member. Keep them in the loop about the good and bad things. Suggest solutions to issues you want to bring up.
The pandemic helped her focus on multiple literacies and technology. She continued supporting students and found herself supporting teachers more during this time.
She even provided professional development for administrators in the area of technology. She and a team presented at an annual retreat to help principals better use technology to support their students and teachers.
Be your own PR machine:
Stay focused on the students. Advocate for yourself and your library program. The students will reap the benefits.
Share all of the good that is happening in your school library.
Gather testimonials from students and parents.
This is not the time/place to be humble.
Margaux has a library services menu that she shares with her staff. She used Canva to create this.
Introduce yourself to the PTA president and send them your library services menu. Create a partnership with your local public library.
Margaux shared the value of Twitter in her professional connections and growth. (Here is a link to some background on using Twitter and understanding hashtags.)
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