The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Esmeralda Majors. She began her career as a bilingual teacher and then moved into an elementary library position. She serves a rural Title 1 campus where 84% are free and reduced lunch and 50% are bilingual.
You can find her podcast interview on my podcast page, your favorite podcast player, or by visiting this link http://laurasheneman.libsyn.com/build-a-collection-that-reflects-your-student-body-with-esmeralda-majors.
In this podcast Esmeralda shares many lessons she’s learned on her journey as a bilingual librarian.
She teaches in English but uses a lot of movement and illustrations to help support her students.
Her collection did not initially reflect her bilingual population. It was her task to make her collection reflect her population.
She chooses to inter-shelve English and Spanish books together.
She uses spine label stickers to help her students find the best book for them.
She involves the students in collection development through a reading survey.
Here are a couple of Librarian Influencer strategies Esmeralda shared:
Use grants to help you meet your goals and serve your educators as an instructional partner.
She enjoys mentoring others and sharing what she's learned on the job.
These are some resources Esmeralda uses to stay sharp as a librarian:
Get involved at the state and national library associations.
Listserv participation (Find a list of state and national listservs here: https://www.laurasheneman.com/post/library-listservs-a-way-to-grow-your-pln)
My chat with Esmeralda was very inspiring and filled with words of wisdom from a veteran school librarian who is still seeking and learning to improve herself every day because she knows that has a positive impact on her services on the campus.
You can follow Librarian Influencer Esmeralda Majors at:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CreightonCISD @CreightonCISD
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