The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Maryland librarian Sarah Scholl. She has been a middle school librarian for the last 9 years. Click here to listen now.
Here are some librarian influencer tips Sarah shared:
Don’t be afraid to clean out what the previous librarian left behind, even their lesson plans!
Sarah worked on reading through her stacks before she tackled weeding. She wanted to have a good grasp of what her collection consisted of.
It takes time to get to know your school community. Make the time to build those relationships upfront.
Seek out new teachers. They may be more likely to co-plan and work with you.
During times like these, try to develop a sense of normalcy for students and teachers. This may not be the year to try something totally new for you or your students.
Tips on Branding Your Library:
Branding is really advocacy. With advocacy we help others see what we are doing in the library.
Figure out how your library aligns to your school’s vision and mission.
The librarian becomes the voice for the librarian brand. This brand could be passed on to the next librarian who moves into your position.
Here is a free handout with steps to start building your brand. First Five Steps to Branding Your School Library https://colossal-writer-3163.ck.page
She is offering a bootcamp course in 2021. You can sign up for the Level Up Your Library: Branding Bootcamp Waitlist https://colossal-writer-3163.ck.page/60dc585d30
You can follow Librarian Influencer Sarah Scholl at:
Facebook: librarianinthemiddle https://www.facebook.com/librarianinthemiddle
Instagram: @librarianinthemiddle https://www.instagram.com/librarianinthemiddle/
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